Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanit and Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai opened the center aimed at preparing Chonburi residents for the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community Aug. 8.
Chinese and English language, as well as customs of other Southeast Asian nations, are now being taught at the new ASEAN Education Center at the Chonburi Non-Formal Education Office.
Prasert Bunruang, secretary for the NFE, said the office saw the importance of offering educational courses to the general public to prepare them for the opportunities presented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ common market. Working with the Women’s Empowerment Fund, the office plans to teach Chinese and English - the predominant languages in the ASEAN region - and studies on the culture and traditions emerging markets, such as Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Sermsak said the center also fulfills the mission of the Women’s Empowerment Fund, giving females opportunities in the new economic region.