03 December 2009

UNICEF Youth Ambassador says all children “should be able to get an education”



Story by Nattha Keenapan

MAE HONG SON, Thailand - After visiting hill tribe children and schools in Mae Hong Son province, UNICEF Youth Ambassador Ann Thongprasom said every effort must be made to ensure that all children are provided with access to an education.

20 August 2009

Hand washing: more than just soap and water

A kindergarten student at Baan Huay Tor Early Childhood Development Center in Trang use the new toilets after her afternoon nap.© UNICEF Thailand/2009/M. Thomas

Storyby Nattha Keenapan

(This story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on August 20, 2009)

KRABI, Thailand – It was not until recently that 10-year-old  Chanwimol Ginglek,  a student at Baan Khao Tang School in southern Krabi province, realized that proper hand washing involved a lot more than just soap and water. 

With the A/H1N1 influenza virus spreading rapidly in Thailand, schools are rushing to teach students the first line of defense against the virus: proper and thorough hand washing.

23 June 2009

The stateless classrom


At a UNICEF-supported stateless classroom, students are asked to write down as much information about themselves as they can. © UNICEF Thailand/2009/Athit Perawongmetha

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The storywas published in the Bangkok Post on June 23, 2009)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The large hall at Thaton Temple in Chiang Mai’s Mae Ai district has been turned into a makeshift classroom over the past few months. The mainly young students gathered here come from several different villages in Mae Ai district, but they all have one thing in common: statelessness.

Every other Sunday since last September, about 100 people have come to the temple to study laws related to civil registration and legal status – a subject they knew little about before but which is crucial to their future. Their teachers, law experts from universities and non-governmental organizations, guide them on how to apply for Thai nationality and other legal entitlements, such as permanent or temporary residence.

09 March 2009

Consulting youth on peace: children's hopes for peace in Thailand's deep south

Primary school children pray in front of their classroom at a school in Pattani Province. © UNICEF Thailand/2008/Athit Perawongmetha

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in Outlook, Bangkok Post on 9 March 2009)

 SONGKHLA, Thailand – The large, colorful drawing shows a monk, an Imam and Buddhist and Muslim citizens holding hands in a loving community where a mosque and a temple stand side by side. Beside them are Buddhists and Muslims praying for peace in Thailand’s violence-ridden southern border provinces.

The drawing, created by a group of Muslim children living in the restive south, represents their hope for an end to the violence in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla provinces that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people since early 2004.