PM opens National Children Day 2012


BANGKOK, Jan 14 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday presided over the opening ceremony of National Children’s Day 2012 at the Royal Plaza and Government House, urging adults to give precedence to children, as they would eventually become the strength of the nation.

Ms Yingluck and her son Supasek Amornchat joined the activities at Royal Plaza and Government House.

The premier said that she wished everyday was children’s day because adults would place great importance to children, who were the future of the nation.

She also clarified her National Children Day’s motto this year, “Unity with Knowledge and Wisdom, Preserve Thai Identity, Mind the Technology” and that she wanted to see unity in the society, with knowledge acquired from training, and that knowledge was all around, not only in the classroom.

She added that the government gives equal education opportunity to all children and wanted them to bear in mind Thai values.

They should also pay attention to the information technology and utilise new technology, she said.

There was a variety of activities held for children at the Government House.

Youth representatives would have a chance to sit in the prime minister’s chair and pose for pictures with the prime minister.

After the activities at the Government House, Ms Yingluck would travel to Chiang Rai to inspect the Doi Tung Development Project and attend the first cabinet retreat meeting in Chiang Mai on Sunday.