The Foreign Affairs Committee under the Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation organized the 1st meeting of 2021 to discuss the organization of the PMCA Ceremony in 2021. The meeting was chaired by Dr Tej Bunnag with Committee members, including Mr Thani Thongpakdi, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main agenda was the selection and nomination process of the 4th PMCA recipients and the preparation of the 4th PMCA Ceremony which will be held on 29 October 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on international travels, the Committee decided to host the Ceremony concurrently, both in-person in Bangkok and online at ten Royal Thai Embassies in Southeast Asian Countries. In this regard, the Foundation will coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand for their support, alongside the Royal Thai Embassies to host the event. The Foundation will also request each Embassy, Ministry of Education, Thai private sector and the local media in its respective country to visit the PMCA recipient at his/her school and film his/her activities there or in his/her communities. Further details on the collaboration will be announced in due course.
PMCA Foundation organizes an afternoon tea reception to thank Ambassadors from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste to Thailand, government agencies, private organizations, and media for their support on the educational activities for societies in Thailand, ASEAN and Timor-Leste, on 17 December 2020, at Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, Bangkok.
Dr Krissanapong Kirtikara, Chairman of PMCA Foundation, welcomed and thanked all honoured guests. In his welcome speech, Dr Krissanapong stated that the Foundation has held several activities during 2019 and 2020, including the school visits to meet 2019 PMCA recipients, the 3rd PMCA Ceremony, the 2nd PMCA Forum, the teacher professional development activities, the 3rd PMCA Forum, and the selection process of 2021 PMCA recipients.
These activities received great support from all stakeholders, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassies of ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste in Thailand, Thai Embassies and the Ministries of Education of the 11 countries, international organizations, Ministry of Interior, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thai private companies in Thailand and in Southeast Asian countries, the Provincial level teacher selection committees, professional development organization such as Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) and mass media companies.
The Chairman then briefed the honoured guests on the details of the Foundation’s activities:
After the announcement of the 2019 PMCA recipients, the Foundation Committee Members and the representatives from partner organizations visited the ASEAN Countries and Timor-Leste to organize the teacher development activities in those countries.The delegations also met the Education Ministers and education officials in those countries, Thai Ambassadors and officials of the Royal Thai Embassies, and PMCA recipients and their schools.In addition to the visits, the Foundation has continued working with the recipients to extend the Award’s impact to the public and to develop the teacher professional skills.These activities include promotion and expansion of PMCA recipients’ previous work, study visits, and experience sharing sessions.
The Foundation has also organized two international academic conferences, the Forum, in 2019 and 2020. The 2nd PMCA Forum was organized on 16-17 October 2019 with three main activities comprising invited speeches, panel sessions, and Show and Share sessions. As for the 3rd Forum, being held on 22-23 October 2020, HRH Princess Maha Chakri presided over the Opening Ceremony on 22nd October 2020 at Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok with the participations in person of the Ambassadors of ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste to Thailand and the Mayors from all Provinces in Thailand.The event was also concurrently attended by Thailand Ambassadors to ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste and High Officials from Ministries of Education of ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste via live Zoom.
The PMCA is given every two years and the Foundation has reached the 4th cycle of selection process in 2020.The Foundation has provided selection criteria and requested all related partner organizations from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste to nominate an outstanding teacher from their respective countries.The nomination is expected to be complete by February 2021.
At the end of his speech, the Foundation Chairman invited all honoured guests to enjoy special shows: Nata-Muay Thai (Thai Boxing Dance) and Ramayana Epic of Khon Performance.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon received a medical care after an accident during her morning exercise where she had a knee injury on 11 January 2021.
The Royal Household Bureau has allowed the public to sign the Book of Blessing every day from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. at Sahathai Samakorm Pavilion in the Grand Palace.
In this regard, Dr Krissanapong Kirtikara, Chairman of PMCA Foundation, Khunying Kasama Varawan, Committee Member, and Dr Benjalug Namfa, Committee Member and Manager, together with Dr Disakul Kasemsawat, Secretary General of the Teachers’ Council of Thailand, signs the Book of Blessing at Sahathai Samakorn Pavilion, Grand Palace, on 13 January 2021.
Assoc.Prof. Chawin Chantharasenawong, PhD., Deputy Manager for International Affairs Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation, on the prestigious award that recognizes teachers who are dedicated to making a difference.
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Online Conference “Knowledge Sharing of PMCA Awardees from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste: Teachers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia on 23rd July 2020.
Please join our PMCA awadees:
• Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves, the 2019 PMCA awardee, a primary teacher from Eskola Basica Matata, the municipality of Emera, Timor-Leste.
• Mr. Herwin Hamid, the 2015 PMCA awardee, science teacher and head of computer laboratory at Junior High School, the City of Kendari, Sulawesi province, Indonesia.
• Mr. Encon Rahman, the 2017 PMCA awardee, mathematics, science and social science teacher at Mekarwangi Public Elementary School, the city of Majalenga, West Java, Indonesia.
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Time: Jul 23, 2020 03:00 PM Bangkok
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June, 26 2020 04.00-06.00 p.m. (Local Time: Bangkok GMT+7)
- Mrs. Yee Mon Soe PMCA 2015 Hlaingtharyar School ,Yangon
- Mr.Than Tun PMCA 2017 Ywar Thar Gyi School, Sagaing
- Mr.Muang Kyaing PMCA 2019 Hyaukmee School, Mandalay
- Mr.Suthep Tengprakit PMCA Bann Klong Nanm Sai School, Yala
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Mrs.Tauch Bundaul) PMCA 2015 Wat-Bo Primary School
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The 2019 Princess Maha Chakri Awardee from Timor-Leste Enrolls in Distance Learning to Help Students Learning from Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected global education system, leading to temporary school closures in 191 countries worldwide. It is estimated that 90% of learners or 1.5 billion students worldwide are affected from the pandemic. Therefore, Timor-Leste, which is an island at the southern end Southeast Asia, is very precautious about the outbreak of the COVID-19, even there is relatively low numbers of reported cases and no death in the country. The Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste has ordered school closure and social distancing policies, and supported distance learnings to encourage teachers and educational personnel to work from home, and students to learn from home.
The 2019 Princess Maha Chakri Award recipient from Timor-Leste, Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves has played an important role to support and inspire distance learning during the spread of COVID-19 for both teachers and students in Timor-Leste. Ms. Goncalves or Mama Lou is a teacher at Matata Primary School, Fillia, Ermera municipality. Her students usually travel approximately 1 -3 kilometers in the mountainous landscape to the school. During the school closure and lockdown, students attend the distance learning to learn from home.
Ms. Goncalves addressed that the temporary school closure order is vital to limit the spreading of COVID-19, and results in teachers’ adaptations to their teaching styles. In the normal time, the school is a part of Child-Friendly Schools program by UNICEF. Therefore, teachers aim to create inclusive learning opportunities for the students by working closely with students and their parents. During the crisis, working inclusively with families and communities is even more important to create meaningful home learnings that the students are in charge of their learning while parents can monitor and support their learning through various means of communications, for instance, newsletters, televisions, telephones and school and community public relations. This demands efforts from the school principal, teachers and parents to learn and support each other.
The 2019 Princess Maha Chakri Award recipient from Timor-Leste, Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves.
Photo: Ms. Lourdes Rangel Goncalves.
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