Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has highlighted the importance of education in human resource development and urged teachers to constantly seek knowledge in keeping up with today’s ever-changing world.
Congratulating the 11 outstanding teachers from 11 Southeast Asian nations who won the Princess Maha Chakri Awards 2017, Her Royal Highness praised their determination and devotion in teaching youth and ensuring their access to opportunities for success in life and higher education.
“Education is very important in human resource development that would pave the way for the country’s development,” she said.
Teachers have the key role in education, the princess said, and they therefore must continuously increase their knowledge, skills and learning experiences to pass on to students for their successes.
As people now lived in a world of constant and fast-paced changes, teachers must improve themselves and keep on searching for new knowledge and being aware of changes around them – or else they couldn’t keep up with the students’ development, she said.
Education was a key issue for everyone, in both public and private sectors, throughout Southeast Asia. People could get involved by creating networks and providing technical and resource supports to promote educational management and development, said the princess.
The princess made the remarks in her opening address to the award-conferring ceremony on Wednesday at Bangkok’s Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World.
Eleven teachers were selected as award recipients this year for their outstanding roles in life-changing learning and educational development. Each received a medal, a certificate of honour, and US$10,000 (Bt331,376) in cash. They are:
Lim Soh Ngo, an A-Level Chemistry teacher from Brunei Darussalam’s Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah high school
Dy Sophorn, an English teacher from Cambodia’s Kumroukrong Primary School
Encon Rahman, a mathematics, science and social studies teacher from Indonesia’s Mekarwangi Public Elementary School
Kounvilay Khenkitisack, a principal from Lao PDR’s Thongkang School
Hajah Saripah binti Embong, a life skills, mathematics, science and technology teacher from Malaysia’s Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu
U Than Tun, an English teacher from Myanmar’s Ywarthargyi highschool in Sagaing State
Jesus C Incilada, an administrator for educational affairs from the Philippines’ Alcarde Gustilo Memorial National High School
Sarabjeet Kaur Hardip Singh, a science teacher from Singapore’s Kaurat Anderson Primary School
Leopoldina Joana Guterres, a principal from Timor-Leste’s S Jose Basic Education Central School
Phan Thi Nu, an English teacher from Vietnam’s Le Quy Don Gifted
Jirat Jamsawang, an ICT and robot innovation teacher from Thailand’s Suan Kularb Nonthaburi School.
The Princess Maha Chakri Award is administered by the Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation, in collaboration with the Education Ministry’s Teachers Council of Thailand, the Quality Learning Foundation and other partner agencies.
The Princess Maha Chakri Award was established in commemoration of the 60th birthday anniversary of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015. The presentation of the award is to honour Her Royal Highness for her outstanding achievements in the fields of education and the development of people’s quality of life, especially for the underprivileged.