Thousands of Volunteer Chinese Teachers Bid Farewell to Thailand

[Source]    People's Daily Online [Time]    2011-03-17 09:12:47 

People’s Daily Online, Bangkok, Mar. 15th, by Sun Guangyong—The Hanban Representative Office in Thailand worked with the Thai Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) to host 3 farewell parties for 1202 volunteer Chinese teachers who fulfilled their teaching tasks in Bangkok on March 10th, 11th and 15th.

At one of the parties, Thai Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary Mr.Kamoi Rodklai stated that the Volunteer Chinese Teachers Program is an excellent example of cooperation between China and Thailand and that Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn will always be sure to mention the volunteers’ contributions to covering the shortage of Chinese teachers and promoting Chinese education when talking about the development of Chinese education in Thailand.

OBEC project officer Mrs.Uthaiwan Chalermchai expressed his thanks to the volunteers for helping more and more Thai students engage in learning about Chinese language and culture. According to OBEC’s Establishing 500 International Standard School Plan developed in 2010, many key schools have included Chinese and English into their required subjects, and the Chinese volunteers have surely helped fulfill the plan ahead of their schedule.

The Chinese volunteers also thanked the Thai Ministry of Education and related schools for providing them with a good chance to put what they have learned into practice. They also said that they have forged profound friendship with the Thai people during their stay in Thailand.

Hanban representative in Thailand Pang Li told reporters that at the request of the Thai Ministry of Education, Hanban will continue to send volunteers teachers to Thailand this May. To further improve their overall quality, the volunteers heading to Thailand are undergoing intensive training sessions in colleges and universities in Jilin, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xiamen and Hainan. Many of them are excellent graduates in Thai language or TCFL and are skilled in Chinese folk art.