Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somphong Jit-radap, a teacher of Faculty of Education in Chulalongkorn University, said that he had been part of the committee for “Top Non-Formal Education” Contest three times and found that it is a beneficial project that allow students from non-formal education to present their talents. Each province tried to look for their best skills and talents to be presented in the competition. There is now a greater variety of shows and performances. In the last contest, “B Boy” group from Kanjanaburi was outstanding. This group of youths wanted to exercise and encouraged others in society to do so as well. “Bang Rachan” group from Singburi was an interesting mixed group. They were able to present a scene from the history of Thailand as a show and relate it to a modern situation like Thailand joining ASEAN.
“I think it is a good activity. It gives a chance for teenagers who study in non-formal education system to express their talents and abilities. This group of youths have higher risk to go astray into drugs and fighting so if we can provide them with a stage where they can present themselves in a positive way, it can help solve the problem in one level. “B Boy” group is like a representative of youths who have fewer opportunities than others. They love to dance and exercise, which are healthy activities. So we should encourage them and other teenagers to engage in such activities more. Today most students who study in non-formal education system are mostly neglected by the state. Our society seems to focus more on children studying in regular educational systems. So I want to see more projects that offer the non-formal group a stage, a change to work in teams and to receive good advice from experts. It will be very beneficial for the non-formal education system,” said Mr. Jit-radap.
Another member of the committee, Mr. Bin Banlurid, said that he was impressed by many of the students’ performances. Some of the shows were so well done that they deserve to be presented on the national stage. He believed that he will see much more spectacular shows in the coming contest on July 16 this year.