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The 150th Birthday Anniversary of Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee

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     On 21st July 2016, Dr. Kamol Rodkhlai, Secretary-General at the Office of the Education Council, presided over a press conference on the activities to celebrate the 150th Birthday Anniversary of Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee (M.R. Pia Malakul). He was a world famous educator, social scientist, and humanitarian. Adjunct Prof. Thongthong Chandrangsu, an expert in history and former Secretary-General at the Office of the Education Council, made a presentation in honor of Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee. The press from various fields attended this press conference which took place at the "Kamhaeng Phlangkoon" conference room, the 56th Anniversary Building, the Office of the Education Council.

     Dr. Kamol Rodkhlai said that Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee was a former Privy Councilor and former Minister of Education. He was named as a globally famous person for the years 2016-2017, according to the outcome of the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference which was held in 2015. Moreover, as 2017 is his 150th birthday, the government, thru the Ministry of Education, has recognized his benefaction to Thailand's education, such as the drafting of the Siam outline educational plan (B.E. 2441), the initiative to manage vocational and higher education levels, and training youths to be aware of their civic duties, etc.

     As the agency that proposed his name for selection on the list of globally famous people, the Office of the Education Council will organize activities to celebrate and honor Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee on the anniversary of his 150th birthday. In addition, activities will take place from July to 30th September 2016, to commemorate the benefits he brought to Thailand's education, because 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of his death.   

     Dr. Kamol Rodkhlai went on to say that Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee was a major force in laying the foundations for modern Thai education in order to compliment the royal duties of His Majesty the King regarding education. He spread education to all the provinces of Thailand and created educational curriculums and plans for the first time. In addition, he wrote textbooks for instilling discipline in Thai people and wrote a Thai version of the Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne” song in order to build a sense of unity in the people of Thailand.

     The activities for celebrating the 150th anniversary of Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee’s birthday include a contest involving logos and stamps, a historical presentation, and a special speech "Education as the Root of the Nation". The objective of the activities is the dissemination of information on the biography, work, and concepts of Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee which relate to the management of education in Thailand. Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University, Khon Kaen University, Prince of Songkhla University, and Burapha University, have cooperated in organizing the activities also.

     In addition, the biographical and the valued works of Chao Phraya Phrasadet Surenthra Thibodee have been published and will be sent to all educational institutes and governmental agencies for the further benefit of education.

Editorial Team    News Script & Photos
Korapat Pruekchaikul  Office of National Education Council
Soranicha Kuptametanon  
Kenneth Walker  
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