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UNESCO unleashes youth power through Neuro Linguistic Programming technique

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©UNESCO

©UNESCO

07.06.2013

Instead of attending regular classes at their Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centres on Sunday, more than 160 students and teachers from 28 districts across Bangkok joined “Classroom of Life Skills” recently organized by UNESCO Bangkok to learn how Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) technique can unleash their power to achieve success and happiness.

Non-Formal Education Centre is a local educational institution, set up to provide various learning programmes under the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (Thai Ministry of Education) as an alternative learning for students who cannot study full-time in a formal education system. Most of them work in order to pay their tuition and are in risk of discontinuing higher education due to working or financial conditions.

UNESCO Bangkok has been empowering Non-Formal Education students under Youth Empowerment through Mobile Learning Project in the past two years.

 

 

 

 

To help these non-formal students obtain life skills, find potentials and continuously develop their capacities for lifelong learning, UNESCO Bangkok has been empowering Non-Formal Education students under Youth Empowerment through Mobile Learning Project in the past two years.

NLP was chosen as a theme of this training to encourage youths in Bangkok. It is a hybrid between neurological process “NEURO”, language “LINGUISTC” and behavioral patterns learned through experience “PROGRAMMING” which, combined, help achieve specific goals.

Mr. Sebastien Leblond, President of NLP Top Coach and trainer of this training said: “Non-Formal Education students can apply NLP skills in all areas of their life to resolve conflict, solve problems, improve learning ability, increase career opportunities, improve their businesses and develop better relationships. It helps us with the ‘Soft Skills’ of Life.”

There are many business persons and athletes who applied NLP to enhance their performance in the US, Japan, Australia, and other parts of the world. Some students wanted to change themselves in a positive way such as Jirarak Moratsathiar, 17, student from Don Muang District Non-Formal Education  Centre: “I didn’t know how to think positively before. Now I think that we shouldn’t have negative thoughts.” 

“I didn’t know how to think positively before. Now I think that we shouldn’t have negative thoughts.” 

Various methods have been used to demonstrate the students on how NLP can be applied in their life such as “Perceptual Position” activity showing how to think positively if they are in a discouraging situation, “Wheel of Life” which helps you to see what level  your career, emotions, health, etc. are or “SMART” another NLP method to assist you set your goals.

Narate Thongmue, 33, student from Phaya Thai District Non-Formal Education Centre also has made a commitment to himself to set his life goal: “This training encourages me to reach the goal that we aim. All dreams can become reality if we make an effort. We should set our goal and consider what we lack, then solve that weakness so that we can reach the goal we set.”

The objective of the training is to introduce NLP to Non-Formal Education students so that they can practically apply the concept into their real life.

Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa, Programme Specialist of UNESCO Bangkok said: “I can see people working in a company or people who have money that realize this famous method and have a chance to meet a coach like him [Mr. Sebastien Leblond, President of NLP Top Coach]. Unfortunately, many young people don’t have this opportunity due to information gap, so this is why I try to make them get connected.”

Not only students enjoyed the benefits from the training, but also their teachers were inspired to apply NLP technique to their classes.
“I have about 360 students at my Non-Formal Education Centre. I’ll share this technique with them, inspire and help them to set their goals and realize that being Non-Formal Education students doesn’t mean that you won’t be successful,” said Anan Magsre, teacher at the Ratchaburana District Non-Formal Education Centre.

NLP has  helped teachers in taking a greater step to change their mindsets and, above all, students’ life.  

“I have about 360 students at my Non-Formal Education Centre. I’ll share this technique with them, inspire and help them to set their goals and realize that being Non-Formal Education students doesn’t mean that you won’t be successful,”

“Many people may think that it’s difficult to teach them [Non-Formal Education students]. They must have some problems so they can’t study in formal education system and we can’t be successful in teaching them. Sometimes, many teachers feel discouraged to teach them. However, after this training, I’ve changed my mind. We should start changing our thought that we have enough ability to change the students and the students can also change themselves. We must believe that the students are able to achieve success.” said Mrs. Theerata Uttaman, teacher at the Yan Na Wa District Non-Formal Education Centre.

The training was held on 12 May 2013 at Thailand Knowledge Park (TK park) in collaboration with the Thai Ministry of Education, NLP Top Coach and TK park. It is the fourth event under UNESCO Bangkok’s Youth Empowerment through Mobile Learning Project. UNESCO Bangkok will continue providing platforms for Non-Formal Education students to meet with famous and successful people including motivational coaches to encourage them to complete their programmes at Non-Formal Education Centres and to nurture the habit of lifelong learning, sending daily empowering SMS and interviewing role models to inspire youths.

For more information regarding the project, please visit:
www.unescobkk.org/news/article/inspiring-the-young-thais-via-sms/
or project’s Facebook Youth Empowerment in Thailand

By Sowirin Chuanprapun and Panisara Paireepinath, UNESCO Bangkok