In a remarkable display of transnational collaboration, Thailand has warmly welcomed a range of initiatives proposed by the United Kingdom, designed to elevate the standards of English education among Thai educators and students. Helming this significant discourse were two key figures, Education Minister Pol Gen Permpoon Chidchob of Thailand, and UK’s Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Their dialogue on education was also graced by the British ambassador, Mark Gooding, at the Ministry of Education headquarters.
Pol Gen Permpoon expressed his profound gratitude towards the British government for their generous offer to enhance the digital learning infrastructure for Thai students. This advancement would offer Thai students a gateway to participate in English language classes, and gain access to a wealth of online databases spanning across the globe. This holds significant value especially for Thailand, given its considerable student population hailing from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
The supportive hand extended by the British government in bolstering English language education, according to Pol Gen Permpoon, resonates with equality in educational access. Thai students and education practitioners are set to reap immense benefits from these programmes. To further robust educational ties between the two nations, the Thai education minister has shown great interest in assimilating practical insights on the efficacy of online and traditional classroom-style learning from the UK. Moreover, an intellectual exchange detailing the curriculum and textbooks could further catalyze improvements in English language education in Thailand.
In response, Ms Trevelyan asserted that Britain is more than willing to lend its support to these laudable endeavours. She acknowledged the challenges encountered during the Covid-19 pandemic when a swift transition to online mediums of learning was necessitated. However, an integrative effort involving various stakeholders in the UK facilitated the augmentation and digitization of classroom lessons and equipped school personnel to operate in an online milieu.
She admired the Thai Education Minister’s earnest focus on augmenting English language proficiency in Thailand and assured the British Government’s commitment to aid these ambitiously charted programmes. This interaction, thus, marks an important step in fostering stronger educational ties and enhancing English language proficiency in Thailand, backed by the experienced support of the United Kingdom.