On 4 November 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Anubarn Ratchaburi School in Ratchaburi Province, a pioneer school since the beginning of the Young Ambassadors of Virtue Project in 1999. By conducting several successful activities, the school has been an active member of the Young Ambassadors of Virtue Foundation. With 3,519 primary students, Anubarn Ratchaburi is an elementary school delivering kindergarten and primary education in the forms of Thai and English curriculum. Mr. Surapol Sawaengsak, the Governor of Ratchaburi Province, Dr. Rangsan Eunwaijitr, the Director of the Education District and Prani Thaicoop, the Director of the school gave a warm welcome to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs gave a speech in front of 909 students, encouraging the Young Ambassadors of Virtue to realize and appreciate His Majesty King Bhumibol’s kindness and dedication to improve the livelihood of the Thai people. The Minister also gave a background overview of the Young Ambassadors of Virtue Foundation, which, inspired by His Majesty King Bhumibol’s teaching and principles, started out as the “Young Ambassadors of Virtue Project” in 1999. Based on His Majesty’s guidance and teaching, the Foundation carried out various activities aimed at instilling Thai youth with social consciences and moral virtues, preparing them to be the vital force of the nation. The Minister added that he was pleased to see that the school has evolved into one of Thailand’s leading elementary schools, a clear manifest that the Foundation’s work has borne fruits. On this occasion, the Minister awarded 5 scholarships, 5,000 bath per each scholarship, to exemplary students. The Minister also awarded several gifts and souvenirs from the Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Young Ambassadors of Virtue in the school.
The Young Ambassadors of Virtue at Anubarn Ratchaburi School took the Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai along with other members of the delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, namely Mr. Chaisiri Anaman, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Piriya Khempol, a Deputy Permanent Secretary and Mr. Sek Wannamethee, the Director-General of the Department of Information on the tour of the “Student Market”. The “Student Market” showcased agricultural produce, farmed and harvested by students using the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. Students also presented products that they created by using recycled materials such as used plastic bottles, glasses, and ground coffee. Their ability and creativity truly impressed the delegation.