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Thai teachers propose awardees' network

Thai officials from the Princess MahaChakri Award (PMCA) Foundation have proposed that Lao teachers join a network that will help share their professional teaching and school administration experience internationally.

Thai officials made the proposal when visiting Ministry of Education and Sports Office Head, Associate Prof. DrSaysamoneSitthirajvongsa, a Lao teacher nominated for Princess MahaChakri Award 2017, MsKhounvilayKhenkitisack, and local recipient of PMCA 2015 MsKhamsoyVongsamphanh, last week.

PMCA Foundation Chairperson DrKrissanapongKirtikara led the Thai delegates during their visit to Vientiane on August 17-18.

Online channels for sharing experience were proposed by the Thai delegates, who said that outstanding teachers could deliver lectures via video and upload them on the internet.

The Princess MahaChakri Award was established on the auspicious occasion of celebrating the 60th birthday of HRH Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn in 2015.

Teachers eligible for the award are those widely acknowledged and acclaimed for their teaching career dedication with recognised evidence of creating and as well as nurturing development changes in the lives of their students. These changes are not only reflected upon the students but have also inspired other fellow teachers.

PMCA is presented biannually to outstanding teachers in Southeast Asia (Asean countries plus Timor Leste). Lao recipient of the 2015 award, KhamsoyVongsamphanh, is a teacher from Vientiane Secondary School, the largest in the capital, and attended the First PMCA Forum held in April in Bangkok, Thailand to share her experience on management of bilingual classrooms.

For continuously sharing of experience, the Thai officials proposed online lectures which they said would help teachers directly and also deliver teaching and education administration knowhow to colleagues around the world. The online lectures could be delivered in the national language with English subtitles.

This would also put the teachers on a regional and international stage, they said.

MsKhounvilayKhenkitisack, the Lao nominee to receive this year's Princess MahaChakri Award, is Principal of Thongkang Primary School in Sisattanak district, which is a model school for its good hygiene programme.

Having a nice uniform while being polite, happy, smiling, supporting and encouraging to children while they study were some of the qualities of a good teacher, MsKhounvilay wrote in her biography. She has attended 16 in-country and eight international professional training courses.

When established in 1993, Thongkang Primary School had four teachers and 128 students while today it boasts seven teachers (who are all female) including the school director with 326 students from pre-school to grade 6.

All seven teachers were selected as “Excellent Teachers” at Sasattanak district level, six chosen at the capital level, and five selected in the category at national level. The school runs many projects to develop its capacities and all projects have been over 80 percent successful.

One hundred percent of students pass their final examinations and finish primary level yearly, meaning there are no dropouts.

By SomxaySengdara
(Latest Update August 21, 2017)


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