by Derek Franklin
The last Thursday in June is designated as Teachers Day at the Pattaya School for the Blind. Known in the Thai language as ‘Wai Kru’, the ceremony is the time of the year when the students pay respect to their teachers.
The teachers at the School for the Blind are dedicated to the children and their work, ensuring that the students learn subjects following the national curriculum, and also gaining the skills and knowledge the blind children will need to live an independent life.
Principal and co-founder of the school, Khun Aurora Sribuapan, opened the ceremony by welcoming the students and teaching staff, and reminding the students of the work of their teachers.
Following the opening speech the students repeated the student oath of allegiance, promising to be good students and respect and honour their teachers.
One student from each class was then selected to present their beautifully decorated floral arrangement to the senior teaching staff, who accepted them on behalf of the teaching faculty.
On the same day six students were awarded with certificates in recognition of their outstanding achievements in study or sports. The school regularly sends students to compete in local and national sporting events and the blind students have a good record of bringing gold medals back to Pattaya.
Following the official ceremony the traditional Thai music group performed a selection of songs to entertain the teachers, while the younger children performed their dance routines which brought a smile to everyone’s face.
More information on the Pattaya School for the Blind can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org