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UNICEF Youth Ambassador says all children “should be able to get an education”
Mae Hong Son, December 2009 - After visiting hill tribe children and schools in Mae Hong Son province, UNICEF Youth Ambassador Ann Thongprasom said every effort must be made to ensure that all children are provided with access to an education...

Hand washing: more than just soap and water
KRABI, Thailand, August 2009 – It was not until recently that 10-year-old Chanwimol Ginglek, a student at Baan Khao Tang School in southern Krabi province, realized that proper hand washing involved a lot more than just soap and water...

Positive Today, Hopeful for Tomorrow
BANGKOK, August 2009 – What do 20,000 children living with HIV in Thailand want and need from their government and the rest of society?

The stateless classrom
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, June 2009 – The large hall at Thaton Temple in Chiang Mai’s Mae Ai district has been turned into a makeshift classroom over the past few months. The mainly young students gathered here come from several different villages....

Consulting youth on peace
HAT YAI, Songkhla, Thailand, 9 March 2009 – The large, colorful drawing shows a monk, an Imam and Buddhist and Muslim citizens holding hands in a loving community where a mosque and a temple stand side by side....

Cathay Pacific staff brings ‘change for good’ to vulnerable children in Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 17 February 2009 – Nearly 30 Cathay Pacific airline staff members visited UNICEF-supported projects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces in mid February to learn how the funds they have raised on Cathay Pacific flights benefit....

Education in the hills
Mae Hong Son, Thailand, October, 2008 – As the heavy morning mist begins to lift from the emerald green hills, small groups of children can be seen descending the steep and muddy footpaths that lead to this tiny hamlet in the rugged highlands....

Interview: A Thai youth at the International HIV/AIDS conference in Mexico
August 2008 - Nok Noi (‘Little Bird’) is one of 17 Thai young people with HIV involved in art activities organized by the We Understand Group. In August, he traveled to Mexico City to attend the XVII. This article is an excerpt from an interview with him.

When breast is best!
Lampoon, Thailand, August 2008 - Like most children her age, four-year-old Donut Wanmuang usually eats snacks after school. But unlike other children, her favorite snack is not meatballs, pork satays or fried potatoes – it is breast milk....

Thai children represent the country at a special UN General Assembly session
BANGKOK, February 2008 - Growing up in the Suan Plu slum area, one of Bangkok’s poorest neighborhoods, 18-year Thaveesak Srikrathum had never imagined that he would one day find himself sitting among the world's top decision makers....

Schools that work for children
Krabi, Thailand, January 2008 – Rojana*, a Grade 9 student at a secondary school in Krabi Province, started crying one recent day when her teachers asked her why she had joined the school’s Child Rights Club, surprising her teachers, friends and....

Child labour on the Thai-Cambodian border
ARANYAPRATHET, Thailand November 2007 – As the sun rises over the Thai-Cambodian border town of Aranyaprathet, it reveals a straggling line of desperate people queuing to cross from Cambodia into Thailand. Among them are thousands of children coming....

Art helps Thai children heal the wounds of HIV
Chiang Mai, 29 April 2007 - The sound of children shouting “I can do!” echoes loudly inside the theater at Chiang Mai University’s Art Museum. As the lights dim and masks are donned by the children on the stage, they are ready to act out a drama....

Doing news about children isn't always easy: students say
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, September 2007 – The first time Kanoknipa Wongjai covered a news story related to children, she spent hours with a group of them in a crowded on-line game shop in an effort to get some of them to talk to her....

Restorative justice
Bangkok, August 2007 - Last month, 14-year-old Wit* was arrested by police for stealing a 10-kilogramme of spool of electrical wire from a house where he was employed as a part-time construction worker. He spent one night behind bars....

Begging some difficult questions
BANGKOK, April 2007 – It's a typical weekday morning inside the Ban Phumvet reception home for boys in Nonthaburi – and it's typically hectic. Toys are scattered across the floor of an open-air classroom where around 20 children are about to...

Stark disparities revealed by Thailand's largest-ever household survey
RATCHABURI, 10 FEBRUARY 2007 – Three-year-old Gongsak, an ethnic Kalieng boy, lives with his mother in a flimsy wooden shack off a minor road in rural Ratchaburi. Here, some 30 kilometres from the border with Burma...

Bird flu busters
UDON THANI, January 2007 – With help from young people, Thai villages across the country are preparing themselves for a possible outbreak of bird flu....

UNICEF’s avian influenza workshops educate Thai local media
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 30 January 2007 – When Arntai Khaikharnfa, a reporter from the Chiang Mai-based Shan Herald Agency for News, was assigned to attend a training workshop on bird flu, he was not very enthusiastic....

Birth registration campaigns help Thailand's "rootless" kids
CHIANG RAI, June 2006 – Although she looks about 15 years old, Nida doesn’t know exactly how old she is or even where she was born. She has no legal documents, and just about all she remembers of her childhood is that after her mother died and her...

Traditional toys help explain physics and bridge the generation gap in a rural village
CHIANG RAI, April 2006 – Strange things are appearing in the classrooms of Baan Pa Daet School, high up in the mist-draped mountains of rural Chiang Rai province. Among the textbooks and slide-rules, you'll find bamboo snakes that grip fingers like...

Reaching out to the party kids: an HIV awareness camp
CHIANG MAI, January 2006 – It’s 6 p.m., and as the sun begins to sink behind the mountains, a bus pulls up outside a cheap hotel in a small Thai town. Around 20 teenagers climb out. They look like a group of young people on a school trip – but they’re...

Involving young people in bringing an end to violence in the South
PATTANI, August 2005 – Young people have a key role to play in bringing an end to the violence affecting their communities in southern Thailand, and UNICEF, in partnership with the Youth Coordination Center International (YCCI)...

Schools targeted in Southern Thailand violence
YALA, August 2005 – Like many other Thai students their age, Nee, Nong and Mud were excitedly looking forward to going back to school last May after the long summer vacation.

Faith-based networks expand to prevent HIV
CHIANG MAI, July 2005 – Phra Wanchai is a hard-working monk, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find him at the temple he runs in rural Chiang Mai. He’s just as likely to be at one of the up-market shopping complexes in town. Or he could be out with DJs...

Fear and discrimination still ruin children's lives and schooling
CHIANG RAI, July 2005 – Irene is 15 and beautiful. Everyone in her rural village knows it, because she won last year’s annual beauty contest. What they don’t know is that she is also HIV-positive...

Assisting displaced Hmong in Thailand
PHETCHABUN, August 2005 – The place Pa, a 15-year-old Hmong girl, calls home is a 5-by-3 metre thatched hut covered with a large plastic sheet that serves as the roof. She shares these cramped quarters with 17 other members of her family, 14 of whom...

Mission “I’m possible”: Youth volunteer competition highlights power of the next generation
BANGKOK, July 2005 – Thai youth have received quite a negative press recently. Smoking is on the rise. More of them are drinking. The kids don't seem to respect their elders anymore. Perhaps most shocking, as any Thai grandmother will...

Economic and child development go hand in hand
KRABI, October 2005 – Three-year-old Mutita escaped the tsunami. She clung to her father’s neck as he and her mother fled to safety. But none of them could escape the tidal wave’s devastating economic consequences.

One teacher's dedication to recovery
PHANG NGA, October 2005 – From bomb site to construction site, Baan Tablamu School in Phang Nga Province has undergone a transformation over the last year. Where there was only rubble, there are now new classrooms, a canteen, a tooth-brushing station...

Family preservation
PHANG NGA, October 2005 – Early each weekday morning, people living near Wat Kommaneeyaket School can look out their windows to see a tiny girl in a school uniform driving by on a motorcycle with her mother riding on the back...

Batik painting: A life restored through art
KRABI, October 2005 – After narrowly escaping death in the tsunami, Songklod takes solace in batik painting – a healing form of art where the bright colours he splashes on the cloth canvasses help blot out the bad memories...

A refreshing change
PHANG NGA, October 2005 – Like her schoolmates, 11-year-old Aye heads out into the scorching midday sun to take part in Baan Bang Muang School’s first “sports day” for several years.

Orphaned by the tsunami, 1000 km from the sea
NAKON PANOM, June 2005 – Nong, a quiet 15-year old schoolgirl, still weeps when she talks about her mother, who disappeared when the tsunami struck six months ago. Sitting alone on one side of her school playground, Nong explains...

Coming to terms with loss and tragedy
PHANG NGA, June 2005 – At first glance, Baan Bang Muang School in Thailand’s Phang Nga Province looks as if it escaped lightly from the tsunami. There is no obvious damage to buildings and classes are being held as normal.

Restoring children’s lives in Thailand
RANONG, January 2005 – Eleven-year-old Isamael Gumuda remembers clearly the day the huge waves took away his seven-year old brother. They were at school rehearsing a performance for the upcoming New Year celebration when they heard a...

 

 
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