Mr. Supphakorn Wongprad, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Education, presided over a seminar of school directors and student leaders on the topic of alcohol-free activities in educational institutions, in cooperation with Professor Dr. Suchart Thaweepornpathomkul, the manager of the "Fund for Alcohol-free Activities in Educational Institutions" project, at the Thai Health Promotion Foundation on April 27, 2013.
Mr.Wongprad said in the seminar that Thailand is like an ill person who needs medication and therapy. People in Thailand can be divided into four categories: (1) Youth, the most problematic group, involved in fights and drug abuse, (2) People in General, involved in conflicts, quarrels, divisions, and lack of unity, (3) Politicians, and (4) government officers and intellectual groups like university students. The last category is the important one. They are capable of solving social problems, like doctors treating a sick society. These people are the ones participating in this seminar on non-alcohol activities in schools and universities.
As the office supervising university students, the Ministry of Education assigns all educational institutions in the country to strictly observe student activities, especially freshmen welcome parties. It must not involve any kinds of violence or any unhealthful activities such as smoking, drinking, or illegal drug using.
“Cooperation between the MOE, the TPF, and educational institutions to initiate this campaign will help reduce alcohol consumption, smoking, and violence among youth and increase fraternity between university students,” said the Deputy Permanent Secretary.
In this seminar, there was a forum to exchange opinions between heads of educational institutions and students, as well as a special lecture on “Knowing the Truth behind the Liquor Business” which was attended by 347 people, including university students and celebrities