InTouch helps develop sufficiency-economy |centre for young people in Sing Buri

national January 06, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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THE HUA PAI sufficiency economy centre in Sing Buri is carrying out its mission to strengthen young people and improve the community's quality of life with management guidance from InTouch Plc, formerly known as Shin Corporation Plc.

The centre was developed under the Camp Sanook Kid with InTouch programme, which transfers knowledge to rural communities and works with them to apply the sufficiency economy model.
Three other centres are located in Sukhothai, Kalasin and Chumphon. 
The Hua Pai centre has disseminated information on how to operate fisheries, livestock ranches, plantations and shops producing balm and compresses from local herbs. It has provided advice on making places used for raising quail more effective and has also helped upgrade fishponds and nurseries for herbs. 
The centre has introduced integrated farming knowledge based on local wisdom to students and produced instructional materials. A committee has been set up to manage the centre.
Preecha Kareechid, a teacher at Hua Pai Wittayakom School, said yesterday that the school had launched the centre so that its students could eat nutritious and safe food from quails and vegetables grown by the school. However, it was unable to run this centre smoothly due to inadequate funding and management skills.
Staff from the InTouch programme helped show the school how to run the centre more systematically with support from its own students and students from Thepsatri Rajabhat University Sing Buri. Now the centre could respond better to local people’s needs.
A student from the university said he learned a lot about agriculture by participating in the project. It also gave him a chance to do good things for society. The knowledge he gained from making herbal compresses could be applied in real life or could even help him earn a living in the future.
A student from the school said the centre really benefited the students there and people in their communities, especially by demonstrating ways to use His Majesty the King’s Sufficiency Economy theories in everyday life.

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