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Ethnic hilltribe children Thanya and her younger brother live in a remote village in Mae Hong Son province. They cannot speak Thai, are illiterate and have never been to school.

BANGKOK, 30 July 2012 - This August,UNICEF is launching a television campaign to promote access to education for disadvantaged children. The campaign will focus on ethnic hilltribe children living in remote areas of Mae Hong Son province.

UNICEF will tell two stories of children in a small and remote village in Pai who are not able to go to school. The first story is about a boy named Napakorn, who needs to work hard, sometimes 10 hours a day, to help his father support the family. Another story is about a girl named Thanya, who cannot speak Thai. Thanya spends her days attending to chores around her house and looking after her younger brother. She has never even seen what a school looks like.

UNICEF aims to raise funds and public awareness of the importance of education for all children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, including ethnic children in Thailand.

"Education is crucial for child development. It opens up opportunities for children, helps break the poverty cycle and gives them a better future,' says Rangsun Wiboonuppatum, Chief of Education for UNCIEF Thailand.

Currently, there are about 600,000 primary school age children in Thailand who are not attending schools or enrol late.

You can follow UNICEF education campaign on Channel 5, Channel 9, Acts Channel, Fan TV, Nation Channel and National Geographic starting from 1-14 August and from 1-14 September. You can also see the campaign on the YouTube channel of UNICEF Thailand or visit our website at

Please help UNICEF by giving children a chance in life.

For more information, call UNICEF TV donor service center at 02-975-5704-9.



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