Mr Hiroshi Kawamura, Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), have joined a ceremony of the handover of the new school building to Ban U Long School, Ban Khanun Khli Branch, Thong Pha Phum district, Kanchanaburi province. At the event, Mr Jirakiat Phumsawat, Kanchanaburi Provincial Governor, along with other senior officials of Kanchanaburi Province, and Mr Chusak Thantalaythong, director of Ban U Long School, have represented the school to receive the building.
The new facility at Ban U Long School, Ban Khanun Khli Branch has been financially supported by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, the Japanese people, and the Japanese government under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) through the collaboration with WVFT to carry out ‘The Project for a School Building Construction’, with an objective to develop schools in the remote areas and fulfil students’ learning.
‘Ban Khanun Khli Community is located far away; it is about 15 km away from the main school. Because of the unfavourable geographical features of the village, which is hidden deeply amidst high mountains with a rough access route, students cannot go to school, resulting in frequent school absence. Ban U Long School, therefore, has established a temporary classroom in the village to provide children in this remote community a better educational opportunity. However, due to various limitations, especially the inadequacy of learning facility, students from different grades needed to share classroom. The school building was so old and worn-out that it might put children in danger. These factors inhibited students’ learning abilities. I deeply thank World Vision Foundation of Thailand for the coordination to obtain financial support for the construction of the new building for students. On behalf of all students and parents, I thank the Embassy of Japan, the Japanese government, and all of the Japanese people for giving educational support to our school students in such a poor area’, Mr Chusak Thantalaythong, director of Ban U Long School, thanked the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, the Japanese government, and the Japanese people, as well as WVFT, for the support of the new building on behalf of his students.
This new school building will equip Ban U Long School, Ban Khanun Khli Branch with sufficient classrooms for a total of 120 students in all levels of education – from kindergarten to grade 6. Moreover, because the school’s power was supplied by an electric generator that constantly caused power shortage, this newly-built facility is installed with a 2,500-watt solar power system, a clean source of energy that will provide the students with enough lighting to facilitate their studying and other activities.
On this occasion, in order to compliment children with educational support, Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, National Director of WVFT, has also handed storybooks that are resulted by the teachers capacity development training for students’ standardised literacy promotion to students at Ban U Long School, Ban Khanun Khli Branch, as well as other schools in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pha Phum and Sangkla Buri districts, where WVFT carries out development projects. Mr Suphachai Maksomboon, deputy director of Kanchanaburi Primary Education Service Area Office 3 represented the schools to receive the learning-supplement materials in this handover.