Posted by Martin Harrison on Nov 18, 2019
The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin experienced an extra special evening of fellowship by welcoming a delegation of visiting Rotarians from the Inter-Country Committee (ICC) of Switzerland-Thailand as well as other countries in the world on 11 November.
President Napa welcomed our guests and opened the meeting with a presentation on our recent community service projects and namely, our Rotary Education Centre for Technology-Enhanced Learning for Knowledge (TELK) at Anuban Ban Nong Khon School.
Our Past President Gianni gave an overview of the District 3330 ICC Thailand-Switzerland, of which he is the Chairperson representing Thailand with aim to increase international collaboration and fellowship among the Rotary Clubs. Earlier in the afternoon PP Gianni and P Napa visited Anuban Hua Hin Nongkhon School with Rotarians Bernhard Marty, Paul Ruegg, Jurgen Wagner and PP Peter Schegel of Switzerland.
PP Gianni’s counterpart Rtn Bernhard Marty of RC Bern Rosengarten is the Chairperson the ICC Switzerland/Liechtenstein-Thailand, and he gave an insightful talk on the projects that they are involved with in Thailand. They have been working with the international organization Operation Smile and have sponsored over 2,000 surgeries for children with cleft palates in Thailand. They also have a program that donates winter clothing to disadvantaged people living in the north and northeast of Thailand, in addition to water filtration systems in schools and orphanages. Rtn Bernhard expressed his interest to collaborate on future service projects through the ICC in Thailand.
Our Rtn Dr Keith Humphreys gave an introduction on the TELK project as a means to develop student-centered learning on an individual basis. Rtn Dr Keith expressed that TELK as a relatively new concept of learning, is not about learning how to use a computer and technology, but rather how it is structured to promote student collaboration and self-determination. According to UNESCO, all students will be using the Internet as a major source for self-directed learning by year 2030. Our TELK centre is an innovation in Thailand as well as the world stage, with teachers acting as conductors and students are the masters to guide their own learning.
Rtn Arnold presented a Certificate of Appreciation to our Rtn Lizzy for her generous donation to our 10th Annual Amateur Golf Tournament as our biggest fund raising event of the year.
The evening culminated with a sumptuous buffet dinner and refreshing beverages to enhance the fellowship and friendship among the attendees.