Thai and Philippine schools forge exchange partnership


NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand – Kanlayaneesithammarat School, a government school in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and St. Paul College Foundation, Inc. of Cebu City, Philippines, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to collaborate on student and teacher exchange partnership and cultural immersion.

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“This collaboration is geared to promote international learning and knowledge that propels students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives,” said Dr. Sor Sombat Meesoontorn, Director of Kanlayaneesithammarat School.

“This also aims to achieve language acquisition through practical immersion among our students” and “develop awareness and adoption of alternative, multifaceted approaches to learning,” he added.

Partnership with Philippine’ Schools

Since 2004, Kanlayaneesithammarat School has been pursuing educational partnership through teacher and student exchange with schools in the Philippines. In 2004 and 2011, Kanlayanee School sealed the partnership with Holy Spirit School and Tagbilaran City Science High School in Bohol to undertake collaborative efforts for the development of their students and teachers.

In February this year, the administrators from Kanlayaneesithammarat School composed of Dr. Sor Sombat Meesoontorn – School Director; Mr. Watcharin Thammachart – Deputy Director of Student Affairs; Mr. Wisan Phuriwat – Deputy Director of Budget and Human Resources; and Mr. Eakkarat Petrak – KNEP Assistant Head traveled to Cebu for the initial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). They were accompanied by two Filipino teachers – Ms. Geraldine Pugoy and Daylene Doguiles.

Our directors were very impressed by how intelligent Filipino students are and they all think that education in our country is one of the best in Asia,” Geraldine Pugoy, a Filipino English teacher at Kanlayanee School, told Pinoy Legacy.

They even mention our country and the people they met in all their meetings inside and outside Kanlayanee. They also invite Thai administrators and teachers to visit the Philippines and they encourage students to try and consider studying in our country. I feel so blessed and proud. I hope other schools in Thailand feel the same,” she added.

Kanlayanee School welcomes SPCFI

Kanlayaneesithammarat School laid out their red carpet to welcome the group of administrators from St. Paul College Foundation, Inc. on May 31, 2019, to finalize the sealing of the agreement to undertake combined efforts for the development of their students, teachers, and educational programs.

St. Paul College Foundation, Inc. president Dr. Randolp Libres told Pinoy Legacy that the meeting with Kanlayaneesithammarat School was very “productive and insightful” adding that “it boosted his confidence that the partnership of both schools will produce globally relevant and effective programs.”

The president also expressed his delight about meeting the students of Kanlayanee School.

“Our stay in Thailand, although brief, was filled with lots of learning and laughter,” the president said.

Our personal experiences with your students were really inspiring. Your students are amazing and we look forward to interacting with them when they visit SPCFI,” he added.

The team from Cebu included Dr. Randolph M. Libres- President/Chairman of the Board, Dr. Enrieta M. Libres-VP Admin/BOD, Mrs. Ma. Regina L. Condrado-VP Finance/BOD, Mrs. Ma Imelda L. Borbon-Finance Officer/ BOD, Mr.Bernard F.Libres-Records Officer/BOD, and Mr. John Philip Ybanez-Marketing Consultant.

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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 where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.