By The Nation
They are Lim Soh Ngo from Negara Brunei Darussalam, Dy Sophorn from Cambodia, Encon Rahman from Indonesia, Kounvilay Khenkitisack from Laos, Hajah Saripah Binti Embong from Malaysia, U Than Tun from Myanmar, Dr Jesus C Incilada from the Philippines, Sarabjeet Kaur Hardip Singh from Singapore, Leopoldina Joana Guterres from Timor-Leste, Phan Thi Nu from Vietnam and Jirat Jamsawang from Thailand.
“They are honoured for their outstanding roles in life-changing learning and educational development,” Dr Krissanapong Kirtikara, president of the Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation Committee, announced.
The list of award-winning teachers was endorsed by the committee, chaired by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, during the annual general meeting.
Each recipient will receive a medal, a certificate of honour, and a US$10,000 (Bt334,000) cash prize from the Princess in a prestigious award-presentation ceremony, which takes place on October 11 at Centara Central World.
Jirat, the only Thai award-winner this year, has been teaching occupational and technological learning at Suan Kularb Nonthaburi School for 32 years.
During his stint at the school, many of his students have won prizes in various national and international competitions.
“He is a teacher with vision, a pioneer in ICT teaching and robot innovation,” the foundation announced. “He is a dedicated teacher who gives opportunities to all children regardless of their capacities.”
The foundation named Dy Sophorn the award-winner from Cambodia in recognition for her dedication and innovative teaching method.
Teaching at Kumroukrong Primary School, she has created the so-called “happy class”, which is filled with a positive teaching and learning atmosphere.
She is also a recipient of the Somdach Decho Award in 2017.
The Princess Maha Chakri Award scheme was established in celebration of the auspicious 60th birthday of the Princess in 2015.
The presentation of the awards is to honour the Princess for her outstanding achievements in the fields of education and the development of people’s quality of life, especially for the disadvantaged.
This year marks the second time that the awards are being presented to outstanding teachers, as they are granted every two years.