With the Asean Economic Community (AEC) coming into effect at the end of next year, Toshiba is offering high school students and their peers in Asean a chance to bond and learn together in Japan.
The key topics include world energy, advanced technologies, disaster-prevention education and culture. The application period is now until August 31.
Under the Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA) project next year, two Mathayom 4 or 5 students will be chosen from each participating country – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines.
There will also be students from Japan attending the camp in Tokyo from March 23-30.
The Toshiba international Foundation project is co-sponsored by the Toshiba Thai Foundation (TTFD), while the Old Japan Students’ Association, Kingdom of Thailand (OJSAT) is handling the participant selection.
OJSAT president Samran Chooduang-ngern said the organisation had sent invitations and details to 300 schools nationwide that teach Japanese.
Old Japan Students’ Association officials in each country will accompany students, while at future camps the accompanying adults will be teachers.
Under the eight-day camp, 12 students and the six accompanying adults will stay at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Centre, while the Japanese non-governmental organisation Be Good Cafe will organise the camp.
Students will be encouraged to develop their information analysis and communication skills by producing an electronic journal, TTFD chair Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said.
Interested students can submit an application form, a half A4 letter explaining what they would pass on to schoolmates after attending the project, a school letter of recommendation, a transcript and a passport photo copy.
Students must be able to read, write and speak English and pass on what they learned at the camp to other students upon returning home.
The first round selections will be announced in September via www.ojsat.or.th and the written exams and interviews will be held on October 11, with the names of the two students chosen announced in November.
Another camp will be held from December 19-25 next year for Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand. Japan and Thailand, as the joint-sponsors, will take part in every camp.
For more details, call OJSAT at 02 357 1241-5 or TTFD at 02 511 7710-2.
The project was developed from the Toshiba Youth Conference, which ran for five years for high school students and teachers from Thailand, Japan, Poland and the United States. It also focused on energy and the environment and required students to produce a journal.
Explaining the focus shift to Asean, Kobkarn said that in order for the region to be strong and member countries to grow together, it was hoped the camp would instil a sense of unity and connectivity among the youths, while Japan provide knowledge, value, perspective, friendship and connections.