Next week, five of our Patek Half Day School (HDS) students, accompanied by teachers, are invited to Bangkok by the Office of Promotion and Protection of Children, Youth, the Elderly and Vulnerable Groups (OPPCYEVG) under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to represent Northern Thailand at the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The OPPCYEVG has organized a five-day conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. During the first three days of the conference, the children (who are ambassadors to the different regions of Thailand) will work out a proposal for a Child Friendly Society in Thailand. On Nov 20th, the children will have the chance to present their ideas, personally, to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Our children from HDS are already very exited about this chance to see the giant city of Bangkok. Most of them have never been there before, because traveling in Thailand for stateless persons is a huge hassle. They need special permission from the local government in order to travel away from their hometown. If a stateless person in Thailand is caught without the proper documentation, they will have to pay a fine or face being imprisoned.