PM advises children to keep discipline, seek knowledge outside classroom


BANGKOK, Jan 9 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra instructed young people to have discipline and be eager to learn outside the classroom ahead of national Children’s Day on Saturday.

The prime minister talked to children and distinguished youth, whose achievements have brought fame to the country on the occasion of upcoming Children’s Day 2013.

Speaking to more than 700 children meeting her on Wednesday, the premier said children are a major driving force to develop the country.

She told them to be exemplary role models for other young people to develop society and to be good adults in the future.

“Society changes rapidly, in particular technology, so learning is not limited only to the classroom. Children should have platforms for expression and seek opportunities to learn more knowledge, particularly thr foreign languages and cultures of neighbouring countries,” the prime minister said.

Citing the Children’s Day motto “Keep discipline, seek knowledge, pursuit academic excellence to lead the country towards the ASEAN community”, the prime minister said it means young people should adhere to self-discipline and also respect and obey both family and society’s discipline, considered as fundamental for children development.

They should have morality and be equipped with new knowledge to be ready for the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, she said.

Ms Yingluck said she hoped children will be a major force in developing the country. She wished them success, happiness and their hopes to be fulfilled.