Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay opened the March 25 workshop with ECPAT President Mark Balkaldi, Hand to Hand Vice President Margaret Granger and Pattaya social worker Arunrasamee Burton appearing as speakers at Pattaya City Hall.
The event was the fifth of five run since August to teach educators and social workers on child-protection laws and the Convention of Rights of the Child. The convention is a “contract between nations” that children from all countries are entitled to certain rights from birth and that member countries must act to protect those rights.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay presents a certificate to Margaret Granger from the Hand to Hand Foundation in Pattaya.
At the session, brochures and evaluation forms were distributed to have teachers manage, screen and analyze individual students for abuse.
Verawat said the training helps Thailand prepare for the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community. Pattaya already is a member of International Child Protection Network in Southeast Asia and a committee member and advisor to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre of the United Kingdom, he said.