Nongprue opens Poor & Disabled Learning Center

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Impoverished and disabled area children have a new place to acquire life skills with the opening of the Poor & Disabled Learning Center in East Pattaya’s Khao Noi Community.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit signed an agreement to open the center with Special Education Center Region 12 Director Sawee Dokkularn Jan. 6.

The center is aimed at offering free educational services to underprivileged children, particularly those with learning disabilities such as autism, attention-deficit disorder and other problems.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and Special Education Center Region 12 Director Sawee Dokkularn cut the ribbon to officially open the center.Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and Special Education Center Region 12 Director Sawee Dokkularn cut the ribbon to officially open the center.

Nongprue Sub-district coordinated with Special Education Center Region 12 in Chonburi to sponsor the venue and personnel to teach and provide materials for special-needs children.

The project also was supported by private-sector organizations and charities, including the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center, Nongprue Women’s Development Group, One Baht Coins for Life Foundation, Jester’s Care for Kids, Pattaya Sports Club, the Khao Noi Community and others.

Sponsors said that while Nongprue children are provided education, some poor or disabled kids cannot take advantage of it, due to their economic situation or the distance they must travel.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit signs an agreement to open the center with Special Education Center Region 12 Director Sawee Dokkularn.Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit signs an agreement to open the center with Special Education Center Region 12 Director Sawee Dokkularn.

Nongprue has 97 disabled individuals of which 48 receive education while 49 are poor. The center is aimed at providing educations to the half the sub-district’s disabled population that currently isn’t enrolled in school.

Mai said children will be given the opportunity to develop their physiques and intellect, including develop knowledge to be able to fully become self-dependent and productive members of society in the future.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to the Pattaya Sports Club, represented by President Peter Malhotra and Noi Emmerson (left) Community Service Director.Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to the Pattaya Sports Club, represented by President Peter Malhotra and Noi Emmerson (left) Community Service Director.

The children’s parents, he said, can choose the service suitable to their child’s disability. Hence, it is vital that all public and private sectors become involved to improve the lifestyle of the disabled, he said.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presents a certificate of appreciation to Jesters Care for Kids President Lewis 'Woody' Underwood.Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presents a certificate of appreciation to Jesters Care for Kids President Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood.

Young special needs children benefit from the devoted staff.Young special needs children benefit from the devoted staff.

Members of the Eastern Region Disabled Association attend the grand opening ceremony and will sponsor lunch for children and parents for the entire school year.Members of the Eastern Region Disabled Association attend the grand opening ceremony and will sponsor lunch for children and parents for the entire school year.

Learning can be fun!Learning can be fun!

A beautiful young child learns shapes from a dedicated teacher at the center.A beautiful young child learns shapes from a dedicated teacher at the center.

Thanks to the new center, this young woman will receive an education best suited to her disability.Thanks to the new center, this young woman will receive an education best suited to her disability.

The new Poor & Disabled Learning Center in the Khao Noi community.The new Poor & Disabled Learning Center in the Khao Noi community.