Southern education workshop opens

Deputy Minister of Education General Surachet Chaiwong

Deputy Minister of Education General Surachet Chaiwong on Wednesday presided over the opening ceremony of a workshop in Songkhla for some 300 teachers under the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education about community well-being promoti

The training aims to enable teachers, whose jobs allowed them to work closely with the community, to work with public-health volunteers in providing disease prevention information in the five southern border provinces, said Surachet. He is a leading member of the government's special delegation on the deep south. 

Emphasising the necessity for the Thai authorities to tackle health issues, Surachet said: "The situation is worrying. I was astonished to see a report that the region still has cases of serious illnesses that should have been gone from Thailand, such as elephantiasis and leprosy."


The workshop at Hansa JB Hotel at Songkhla's Hat Yai district until July 27, is due to train 320 non-formal teachers from Songkhla, Yala, Pattani, Yala and Satun. Another 100 education and public health staff also witnessed the workshop's opening ceremony.

According to Kritchai Aroonrat, secretary-general of the informal education office, the key health-related issues in the region include: pregnancy complications and maternal health issues; dental problems, especially among children; separatist violence; drug use and smoking; sub-standard under-five development; and the lack of access to public health services.



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