Two weeks after the royal visit by our honorary member, HRH Crown Princess Sirindhorn, a team of our club officers went to appraise the needs of the school that we may provide according to our “Service Above Self.”
This remote ‘Border Patrol Police School’ at Bahn Na Yao serves the community children from Grade 1 to Grade 6, with 372 students and 25 teachers. Most of the students are children of poor migrant workers from the northeast who work at nearby industrial estates. Though the school is located in Chachoengsao province, it is at the farthest end near the border of SraKaew province, a 3-hr drive from Bangkok. This is one of the over 180 schools operated by the BPP under the patronage of Her Royal Highness. After being briefed by the school principal, a police lieutenant, we concluded that we could provide a refurbishing of a classroom ceiling and part of the floor in a 31-year-old building named after the late Princess Mother.
We were taken for a tour of the school compound where HRH Crown Princess initiated projects for students to learn sufficiency living at school. These include raising chicken, ducks, turkeys, geese, pigs, fishes, frogs, and grow a variety of vegetables. Moreover, students are trained to fix bicycles, their means of transport, a skill they could make a living thereafter.
Our inspection team brought the children toys, soy milk and snacks. Thanks to the Books for Thailand Foundation, we delivered imported textbooks from US publishers, like McGraw-Hills, to the school library.
[FYI: The Rotary Club of Bangkok School off the resort town of Hua Hin had been a ‘Border Patrol Police School’ under the royal patronage of the late HRH Princess Mother Srinagarindra. In 1969, the late Dr. Kulthon Sundaravej, president of the Rotary Club of Bangkok and a physician in the volunteer medical team of the late Princess Mother was asked to take it under our care. HRH Princess Mother graciously named the school Rotary Club of Bangkok School.]
Written by PP Chamnong Watanagase