30 September 2012

Members of UNICEF National Committee visit ethnic children in Thailand

Video by Jingjai N.

MAE HONG SON, Thailand - Board members of UNICEF National Committee from Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan visit hill tribe schools in Thailand's northern province of Mae Hong Son in late September to learn about education for ethnic children in the remoted areas.

11 September 2012

Special Olympics Games: different abilities, not disabilities

Pichit Pannachai, 17, (middle) wins the Gold Medal for long jump competition at the
Special Olympics Games in Bangkok. © UNICEF Thailand/2012/Nattha Keenapan
Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on September 11, 2012)

BANGKOK, September 2012 – After recording the second-longest distance in the long jump at the National Games earlier this year, Pichit Panachai, 17, told the event’s referee that he wasn’t finished yet. He then jumped again and again, leaving the referee both dazed and confused.  

“It wasn’t that he cared so much about the result,” said Chaianuchit Rakkanjananon, Pichit's coach and a Physical Education instructor at the Suphan Buri’s Panyanukul School, a state-run boarding school for children with intellectual disabilities such as cognitive delay, down syndrome and autism. “He just wanted to do his best.”

Hill tribe children get an education

UNICEF is committed to getting all children into school regardless of their gender, social and economic status, or their ethnicity and religious beliefs. Since 2005, UNICEF Thailand has been supporting a project that provides ethnic hill tribe children in poor and remote rural areas of Mae Hong Son with access to a primary level education.