Pattaya, Thailand – H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided the opening ceremony of the 10th Meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All (EFA) at Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), a prominent facility of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group.
This conference was hosted and presented by the Government of Thailand, which included Thailand’s Prime Minister, HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Minister of Education Thailand, Mr. Chimnavorn Bunyakiat and senior Thai Government Officials on 22nd – 24th March 2011. Together with UNESCO’s Director General, Mme. Irina Bokova and officials from 34 leading member countries of UNESCO, delegates converged to discuss strategies on educational progress of ‘Education for All’ objectives.
This meeting was considered an important record in Thai history as Thailand had the opportunity to again host this conference which was first held in 1990, when the Jomtien Declaration was launched; and where the birth of Education for All (EFA) was initiated. This followed by a meeting held in Dakar, Senegal and where the Dakar Declaration was formed.
This meeting held in Jomtien-Pattaya, Thailand had objectives to achieve 6 of EFA’s goals, which included: pre-kindergarten educational cares, basic education, life skills, literacy rates, educational equalities among genders and educational qualities. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s personal interest in education, children and the efforts of EFA was apparent in Her Royal Highness’ speech during the event. In his opening speech, Thailand’s Premier pledged the kingdom’s efforts to work together with all nations to identify strategic and operational initiatives to address the remaining challenges before the next meeting in 2015.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also graciously declared open a commemorative exhibition of His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has been conferred as the ‘Teacher of the Land’ for His Majesty’s continual work with education and children.
HRH the Princess and all delegates enjoyed a Welcome Dinner at PEACH, and were entertained by children from the local schools and institutions, who put on spectacular performances from traditional Thai dances, theatrical shows to enchanting choirs.
Royal Cliff Hotels Group’s Managing Director, Mrs. Panga Vathanakul and the hotels group’s executives were present to welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Prime Minister, Mme. Irina Bokova, top dignitaries and all delegates who attended this productive and important meeting.
Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) is a world-class multipurpose ‘one stop convention solution’ offering complete versatility and flexibility for any meeting, exhibition or banquet needs. Located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand; PEACH together with the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, offers 53 different meeting venues measuring over 23,500 sqm, making it the largest and best ‘state-of-the-art’ convention centre outside of Bangkok. This highly rated self-sufficient column-free convention centre accommodates up to 8000 delegates in theatre-style seating and 3700 seats for banquets.
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Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Managing Director, Mrs. Panga Vathanakul (3rd from left) and Director of Sales, Mrs. Sunisa Yusananda (left) receive and welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, on HRH Princess’ arrival at PEACH to preside over the opening of the 10th Meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All (EFA).