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H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, welcomed the Letter of Credence of H.E. Mikhail Galuzin as Ambassador of Russian Federation to ASEAN and noted that ASEAN and Russia maintains cooperative political and security relations. He stated that ASEAN respect Russia as an important partner. While striving to achieve the ASEAN Community building by 2015, ASEAN appreciate the role played by Russia in maintaining peace and stability in the region. He noted that Russia participates in the ASEAN-led regional fora and its contributions are highly valued by ASEAN.
SG Minh expressed the hope that the planned 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit will give impetus to further enhance the long standing ASEAN-Russia cooperation. He looked forward to working with Ambassador Galuzin to contribute to the ASEAN-Russia partnership.
Ambassador Galuzin stated that it is a special honour for him to be accredited as the Ambassador of Russian Federation to ASEAN. He informed that Russia attaches great importance to the multifaceted cooperation with ASEAN and regards ASEAN as the locomotive for economic integration in the region and beyond. He reiterated Russia’s support for ASEAN Centrality in the regional architecture.
With his accreditation, Ambassador Galuzin stated that he is committed to advance ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership. Russia has pursued cooperative relationship with ASEAN through the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) to Promote Cooperation between ASEAN and Russia 2005-2015. He said Russia will explore concrete cooperation with ASEAN in the fields of energy, infrastructure development, agriculture, food security, science and technology, combating transnational crime, counter-terrorism, and disaster management, among others.
Ambassador Galuzin also briefed SG Minh on Russia’s efforts in forging economic integration with its neighbour countries in the Eurasian region by forming customs and economic union, which, he said, will bring profound economic impacts in the region.
Mr. Ausorn Kraiwatnussorn, Vice Minister of Labour, explains core details of ministerial regulation on home-based workers to participants of the meeting on ministerial regulation on home-based workers, held in Chaophya Park Hotel in Bangkok. During the meeting, the vice minister of labour also hears opinions form home-based workers and employers on the ministerial regulation and the ILO’s Convention No. 189 on domestic workers.
The Minister of Education, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, chaired the opening of a training workshop, "Techniques for Learning and Teaching Civil Responsibilities to Practicum" held by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) on 15 March 2013. There were 150 lecturers and educators from Thai universities taking part in the workshop.
The Minister of Education said that Thailand had 60 million people, so rules should be set up for peaceful living and national advancement. Civil responsibilities are important issues throughout the world because some countries are now facing violent situations, often with fatal consequences. By teaching civil responsibility, many countries could solve those problems because their people would understand and realize that living with others peacefully depends on respecting the rights of others and knowing and accepting one's own responsibilities.
At present, people get news and information from various channels. Some are correct and accurate while others are not. Therefore, careful consideration is crucial when receiving news from the media.
The teaching of civil responsibilities is supposed to give students opportunities to practice and experiment by themselves, from kindergarten to higher education levels, until they become familiar and comfortable with it. It is based on two main principles: honesty and open-mindedness. These come from a famous statement, "Even though I don't agree with what you say, I'm willing to give my life so that you have the right to say it." In truly democratic societies, people can listen to others and consider whether or not they are right or wrong. If they disagree with these opinions, they are able to express their own ideas and expect others to listen to them in return.
The Minister of Education said that teaching civil responsibilities was not only to be conducted in class but that teachers should encourage their students to listen to others and think carefully and analytically away from school. Sometimes, students may think differently from their teachers and teachers should allow them to express their opinions because what students think may also be correct.
The training workshop, "Techniques for Learning and Teaching Civil Responsibilities to Practicum" aimed to disseminate knowledge and experiment with teaching and learning civil responsibilities at university levels. It also served as a model for Thai universities to apply to classroom teaching and learning situations. The event participants visited classrooms teaching civil and social responsibilities at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus.
On 15 March 2013 at Panya Worakhun School in Bangkok, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Education, Mrs. Siriporn Kitkuakul, chaired a ceremony to commemorate the founding of Panya Worakhun School. She presented honorary certificates to the school's administrators, teachers and contributors as well as attending a Buddhist ceremony to offer robes to monks in order to raise funds for education,.
Mrs. Siriporn said that this school had been creating high quality students for 44 years thanks to the great and constant contributions from many people. She also said that the Buddhist ceremony would bear productive results for education and would help develop the national education of Thai children.
Mrs. Siriporn added that this school had a nice environment and enjoyed the assistance and cooperation of the local community in developing its education. She suggested that the school should build an honorary museum for contributors and former students who had dedicated themselves to the school. This will make the students proud and recognize the strong relationship between the school and its surrounding community.
Founded on 15 March 1969, Panya Worakhun School is supervised by Local Office of Education Service Area 1 of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC). With Mr. Khajitphan Suwansiriphak as the director, the school offers courses at secondary level from Grades 7 to 12. At present, 2,300 students attend the school.
On 12 March 2013, the Inspector General of Education, Mrs. Ongjit Methayaprapas, who is responsible for supervising the 10th and 12th areas of general inspection, chaired a meeting on general inspection policy and the progress report of work being done under the Ministry of Education's policy for the fiscal year of 2013.
Participants at this meeting included staff from educational organizations in Khon Kaen, such as the local Office of Private Education and the local Office of Non Formal and Informal Education. They discussed their work, the problems and the challenges in their organizations and received useful suggestions from the Inspector General to assist them with their work.
The meeting took place at a meeting room at the local Office of Non Formal and Informal Education.