Southern cultural program broadens the horizons of nearly 500 children

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AYUTTHAYA, 24 April 2015 – The youth cultural exchange program for Muslim children in southern border provinces continues to enjoy a positive response from both local children and participating agencies. The program has so far broadened the horizons of nearly 500 youngsters.

The project is aimed at strengthening the morale of children in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Songkhla and Satun. Applicants must be orphans aged between 15 and 18 and have a good GPA. They will be selected by their teachers and a special committee.

Participants will be sent to other provinces where they will be introduced to surrogate families with whom they will spend time partaking of various activities. Their surrogate families must be middle class and have school-age children.

This year, 20 students have been picked to take part in the home-stay program, which is taking place in Ayutthaya province. According to organizers, Ayutthaya is deemed suitable thanks to its cultural and religious diversity.

The project, now in its 23rd year, has provided valuable experience to 460 students so far.