Pattaya School No. 8 opened a tourism-education center to give students better job prospects in the city’s top industry.
Funded in part by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the center launched on the school’s founder’s day Sept. 26 is just one of two established in Chonburi.
Principal Aaporn Rajsingho welcomed Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, deputy mayors and city council members to the founder’s day celebration, which saw monks from Chaimongkol Temple perform religious ceremonies and enjoy lunch offered by school administrators.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (center), along with Pattaya School No. 8 committee and Pattaya administrators, presides over the opening ceremony for the new program.
TAT’s tourism-education project, which is establishing training centers at 80 Thai schools, teaches general knowledge on tourism, sustainable tourism, marketing and public relations. Courses are offered at both the Prathom and Mattayom levels and will expand to all levels in 2013.
School No. 8 received 100,000 baht to help fund the project. At the ceremony, Tharinee Jiaranaipong, director of Wat Chaiyamongkol Preschool, also awarded 10 scholarships to outstanding students.
“This is a good opportunity for students to expand their knowledge outside of classrooms and to implement the knowledge gained from tourism education,” Itthiphol said.
Aaporn Rajsingho, director of Pattaya School No. 8, speaks on the creation of the tourism education center.
Tharinee Jiaranaipong (3rd right), director of Wat Chaiyamongkol Preschool, greets Aaporn Rajsingho (4th right), director of Pattaya School No. 8, and students who received scholarships.
Students attend the religious ceremonies on Pattaya School No. 8’s founder’s day.