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Thai celebrities to inspire non-formal education students at a UNESCO Youth event

Bangkok, 14 August 2013 – UNESCO Bangkok will organize the fifth Youth Empowerment event under the concept “Happiness before Success” for non-formal education students on Sunday 25 August 2013 from 12.00-16.00 hrs at Phoenix I-II room, Hall 6, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Thailand. Media and general public are kindly invited.

About 150 non-formal education students from community learning centres across Bangkok and its vicinity under the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE), Ministry of Education will be meeting their famous and successful celebrities in a special talk show with Jaruwat “Dome” Cheawaram, Champion of The Star Season 8, Thailand’s popular singing contest, Jirayu “Kao” La-ongmanee, young well-known actor and singer, and Dr. Kunlachart Junlapen, lecturer from the Faculty of Engineering, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi who turned his life from begging to lecturing. The students will be inspired and learn how these people become successful, how to have self-motivation and a habit of lifelong learning.

To learn more about secrets of “Happiness before Success”, motivational coaching will be conducted for the students by Thanat Shodladd, President of Reflector, an inspirational coach on self- development.

Apart from talk show and coaching sessions, the students will also enjoy mini-concert by Dome The Star Season 8. Please see programme below.

UNESCO’s Youth Empowerment through Mobile Learning Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education aims at supporting youth especially non-formal education students to obtain life skills, find their own potentials and continuously develop their capacities for lifelong learning.

The project as a learning programme consists of three approaches: (1) daily mobile learning via SMS with empowerment and necessary life skills contents, (2) meet and greet with famous and successful people to be inspirecd, and (3) meet with coaches and mentors for empowerment.

After UNESCO organized the Youth Empowerment Workshop in Chiang Rai in May 2011, UNESCO in collaboration with ONIE and TK Park successfully organized three Youth Empowerment events in Bangkok in 2012 and May 2013 which more than 500 non-formal education students participated in the meet and greet with Actress ‘Min’ Pichaya Wattanamontri, Doctor and Actor ‘Kong’ Soravich Suboon, Paralympic Games gold medalist ‘Saysunee Jana’, Actress ‘Toey’ Jarinporn Joonkiat and Sebastien Leblond, President of NLP Top Coach.

UNESCO also interviewed influential personalities in Thailand such as ‘Yaya’ Urassaya Sperbund, ‘Pe’ Arak Amornsupasiri, ‘Opal’ Panisara Phimpru, ‘Mum’ Pechtai Wongkamlao and ‘Koh Mr. Saxman’ Sekpol Unsamran for UNESCO website and Youth Empowerment Facebook to share their experiences, to encourage and empower youths to believe in themselves, and to give tips for life and the importance of education.

For further information on the project, related news and interviews please see the link below: or contact Sowirin Chuanprapun ( Tel: 66 2 391 0577 ext. 300.

For media and press who wish to attend the event, please contact Panisara Paireepinath ( Tel: 66 2 391 0577 ext. 386.


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