3 Thai students, Filipino teacher win award in ‘campus sustainability confab’ in Malaysia


PHITSANULOK, Thailand – Three senior high school students from Phitsanulok, Thailand under the tutelage of a Filipino teacher, earned the top recognition in the ‘4th Regional Conference on Campus Sustainability’ in Malaysia.

The students – Kunnapong Kewwatchan, Nutdanai Wongveeradachakajohn and Sunthiti Futem with their Filipino adviser, Mr. Russel Cada, from Phitsanulok Pittayakom School bagged the ‘Best Paper Certificate’ for their study entitled: Built-in Solar Powered Photosynthesis Accelerator: A Feasibility Study to Accelerate Photosynthetic Alteration in Oscillating Light Environment.

The two-day conference organised by EcoCampus Manangement Centre of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Adamson University – Philippines and National Institute of Technology – Fukushima College in Japan was held on the 6th to 7th of April in the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.

The participants from Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines joined in the different concurrent sessions about environmental management, self-management and sustainability.

For the students and their Filipino teacher, winning was unexpected because all the participants were university students.

“I guess what made the paper a ‘stand out’ among all the others is  its uniqueness,” Mr. Cada said in an interview with Pinoy Legacy. “The credits also go out to the students who made a great job in giving clear and feasible abstract presentation,” the Filipino teacher added.

“It is a relief that our paper got selected as one of the 5 awardees,” Sunthiti Futem told Pinoy Legacy. “Our efforts were paid off by this recognition. Thanks to Teacher Russel for pushing us to do this,” he added.

‘Campus and Sustainability: Leading the Change’  was the theme of the said conference.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at khunkrupinoy.com where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.