The Princess began her trip yesterday morning (Aug 14) by visiting a BPP school in Ban Huai Pao Village, Pak Chom District, where she presided over the opening of a new school building. The 3-storey building was built with public donations, comprising 12 classrooms. The school currently has about 200 students in the primary level and has 8 BPP members as teachers.
The Princess Maha Chakri found all the royal projects at the school to progress well. Students have sufficient food following the royal initiative to promote vegetable cultivation, fish rearing and chicken raising in the school compound. Children are also given vocational training in such fields as hair-cutting, production of herbal products and welding. The Technical College of Loei has supported the training by sending its students to teach vocational skills to children who also earn some money from their products.
Her Royal Highness later visited an exhibition on Sufficiency Economy Village Project, which has been launched in four northeastern provinces namely Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen. The Princess has encouraged rural villages to apply the Sufficiency Economy concept of His Majesty the King to their ways of life and also supported them with vegetable seeds and agricultural advice so that villagers can earn extra income.
In the afternoon Her Royal Highness visited the BPP School of Ban Nong Khaen Village in Na Duang District, Loei. The school was established in 1989, having 44 pupils at present. It is the first BPP school to win a top prize from the Ministry of Public Health for its promotion of children’s health. The school has provided students with nutrient food and promoted the habit of exercising and keeping themselves clean. Children are also taught on savings and preparing cooperative accounts at school.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, thereafter, proceeded to Phu Rua National Park in Phu Rua District, where she planted a Khasya pine tree which is the provincial tree, and observed a rare orchid conservation center. The national park has adopted several royally initiated projects such as the soil and water conservation project using the techniques of 3 Forests, 4 Benefits initiated by His Majesty the King.