The Assistant to the Minister of Education, Dr. Phuangphet Chunlaiad, on behalf of the chairperson for the committee for preparation towards the ASEAN Community of the Ministry of Education, reported that the MOE would enhance Thai women's ASEAN language skills by working with the funding for the development of women to teach ten ASEAN languages and set up learning centers towards the ASEAN Community in the center of Thailand and in local areas around the country on 10 April 2013.
Dr. Phuangphet said that the MOE required two flagship projects towards the ASEAN Community: educational development towards the ASEAN Community and the development of an international education hub.
Regarding the educational development towards the ASEAN Community, apart from formulating goals in language skill development, specific levels of professional competency, upgrading curriculum and research standard and establishing learning centers and educational centers for students, teachers and educators, the MOE, with the cooperation of the funding for development of women in Thailand, will provide English and ASEAN language training to all Thai women so that they are able to effectively use at least one other ASEAN language in their location.
Founded by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and The Office of Non Formal and Informal Education, the ASEAN Learning Center is located in Bangkok at the Ministry of Education and in eleven other places as follows:
- Mae Sai Prasitsath School in Chiang Rai (offering courses on English, Burmese and Chinese);
- Pathumthepwitthayakharn School in Nong Khai (offering courses on English, Lao and Vietnamese);
- Chulapornratchawitthayalai School in Mukdaharn (offering courses on English, Vietnamese and Chinese);
- Naree Nukul School in Ubol Ratchathani (offering courses on English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Lao);
- Prasat Witthaykarn School in Surin (offering courses on Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese);
- Khlong Yai Witthayakhom School in Trat (offering courses on Cambodian);
- Phothisamphan Phitthayakarn School in Cholburi (offering courses on English, Chinese and Russian);
- Satri Sri Suriyothai School in Bangkok (offering course on English, Chinese, Japanese and Tagalog);
- Prommanusorn School in Phetchaburi (offering courses on Burmese and Chinese);
-Phichairattanakarn School in Ranong (offering courses on English, Chinese, Japanese, Burmese and Malay); and
- Satri Phuket School in Phuket (offering courses on English and Chinese)
ONFIE also founded similar learning centers in eleven provinces: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Tak, Mukdaharn, Nakhon Panom, Cholburi, Nong Khai, Surin, Phuket, Songkhla and Ranong.
These language courses offered by the learning centers are divided into 4 levels, each of which take 100 hours, starting from lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. The opening of the centers will take place on 10 April 2013 at Satri Sri Suriyothai School and will be attended by the Deputy Education Ministe, Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit, and the Spokesperson of the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Sansanee Nakphong.