The Minister of Education, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, chaired the opening ceremony of the “Festival of Science and Professions towards ASEAN in Central Thailand”. Organized by the Office of Non Formal and Informal Education (ONFIE), this event was held at the Sra Morakot Learning Park at ONFIE's local office in Samut Sakorn.
The Minister of Education said that he had learned that this event was crowd-pleasing and useful for non-formal education management. ONFIE showcased distinctive features of all regions in Thailand for both the unemployed and those who already in employment so that they could use the information to develop their professional skills.
Taking place on 25 to 27 March 2013 in Samut Sakorn, this event aimed to provide professional training to the unemployed and develop the professional skills of those who have jobs. It served as an activity to develop the population in preparation for ASEAN Community in terms of giving people moral support and positive attitudes to their present careers and promoting mutual living in society, especially in the community of Thai, Burmese and Raman people.
Activities included scientific studies from 16 provincial learning centers, displays by 10 professional training and development centers for Thai people along the Thai borders, activities by the 40 local offices of ONFIE in Samut Sakorn and other Networks of Learning Promotion for living together in the community of Thai, Burmese and Raman people. All the activities were prepared with the cooperation of the Network for Continuous Learning in Thai-Burmese borders towards the ASEAN Community and the Network on Informal Learning to create a learning society in Samut Sakorn.