6 blind Pattaya students attend Sweden scouting convention

Friday, 05 August 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 31 By  Manoon Makpol

Six students from Pattaya’s Redemptorist School for the Blind were among 164 Thai boy and girl scouts who traveled to Sweden to participate in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.

They joined 39,000 Scouts from all over the world who gathered at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree being held at Rinkaby near Kristianstad, in southern Sweden.

Students from Pattaya’s Redemptorist School for the Blind pose with Senator Sutham Phanthusak, Udom Wiwatsripaibun and Suchai Rujivanitkul at Suvarnabhumi airport.Students from Pattaya’s Redemptorist School for the Blind pose with Senator Sutham Phanthusak, Udom Wiwatsripaibun and Suchai Rujivanitkul at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Primary school students Banchai Chamroensuk, Adisak Kamwhan, Chakrapan Kradut-ngeon, Somporn Somwang, Nitithor Kamsri and secondary student Kittithat Jimonwan left Bangkok for Sweden July 26. They were joined by four teachers, as well as Senate Scouting Subcommittee Chairman Sutham Phanthusak, former Banglamung schools director Udom Wiwatsripaibun and Redemptorist School Committee member Suchai Rujivanitkul.

The blind scouts prepare to check their luggage at the airport check-in counters.The blind scouts prepare to check their luggage at the airport check-in counters.

The trip was funded entirely by the King of Sweden, the honorary head of the international scouting organization.  The convention at Ringabi Scout Camp in Christian State ends Aug. 7.

While Thailand sent a total of 365 people to the conference, it was the first time abroad for the blind scouts. They said they were honored to have such an opportunity to increase their skills, experience and international scout ideology.

They planned to perform traditional Thai music as well as Thai songs translated into English, such as the Loy Krathong song, traditional merit making songs, and Thai folk numbers.

Six students from Pattaya’s Redemptorist School for the Blind are joining 39,000 Scouts from all over the world at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby near Kristianstad, southern Sweden.Six students from Pattaya’s Redemptorist School for the Blind are joining 39,000 Scouts from all over the world at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby near Kristianstad, southern Sweden.

Adisak said the trip would be a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and culture through music.

Sutham noted the trip was made possible by Sweden’s King, who became aware of the Redemptorist schools during visits to the Kingdom and personally invited blind scouts to attend this year.

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