“General Surayud Chulanont,” the chairman of the “Sanjaithai Sujaitai” project, has presided in the open ceremony of the 36th “Sanjaithai Sujaitai” project at the Royal Thai Army Club, Vibhavadi, on 9th October 2019. To create opportunities for youth in the three southern border provinces to exchange and learn about the lifestyle of the host’s family in Bangkok and nearby provinces. There are 320 youths participating in this project, 103 Buddhist children, 215 Islamic children, and 2 Christian children aged 15-19 years old, domiciled in Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani, Satun, and 4 districts of Songkhla (Chana,Na Thawi, Saba Yoi, Thepha). And currently studying at public and private educational institutions or presently studying at Pondok Institute of Education. In the project, there will be 20 mentor teachers and 160 host families to look after the youth throughout the program from 24th September to 9th November 2019.
Sanjaithai Sujaitai project is created from ideals of General Prem Tinsulanonda, the President of the Privy Council and Statesman, together with support from the General Prem Tinsulanonda Statesman Foundation, Rakmaungthai foundation, Foundation for Khao Yai National Park Protection, and the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Science and Technology, an army, National Police Agency, and related agency both public and private. Bring the youth from the southern border provinces to live with the host families in Bangkok and nearby provinces for exchange and learn about the lifestyle of a host family. Multicultural Social Community Causing the youth to have direct experience and understand the context of Thailand’s social even more. The project leads to a good relationship between the host family and youth from the three southern border provinces. Sanjaithai Sujaitai project has first proceeded from 2005 until now, a total of 35 generations counted as a total of 8026 youths and there are a total of 3601 host families, which is conducted during the semester break, 2 generations per year during April and October.
All 320 youths participated in beneficial activities throughout the project period. Such as joining a Reconciliation camp by Department of the Interior, a field trip at the Bangkok National Museum, study the ways of different religious communities at Bang Luang community, Amarin road, Bangkok Yai District, a field trip at Air Force museum, join the Khao Yai environmental camp, historical camps in Ayutthaya and learning camp at Science Museum, etc.
Besides of various beneficial activities, all 320 youths will be staying with host families in Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Samut Prakan, Saraburi, and Ang Thong (Host families are the most important unit of the project in developing the youth to reach the set target). For learning to live happily together in the multicultural society, leadership and followership in religious diversity, language diversity, and cultural diversity and also creating relationships between host families and youth families in the three southern border provinces.