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Developing Youth in the Deep South through Sports Dream Project for Education

14 May 2021 (Readers 99)

Education is seen as not only a way to develop the peoples quality of life and help in local development, but also as a sustainable solution to problems in the deep South of Thailand.

The unrest situation in the southern border provinces has affected the educational opportunities of many young people. The Government has introduced several forms of educational management to increase opportunities and develop the quality of education in these areas.

Aware of the importance of sports in youth development, the Government has carried out a project, known as "Sports Dream Project for Education in the Southern Border Provinces. The project began in the 2015 academic year to develop young people in the deep South, so that they could use their academic and sports abilities to pursue higher education and earn a living for a better quality of life for themselves and their families.

It involves Science-Sports and Arts-Sports programs. Secondary students living in the southern border provinces were encouraged to enroll in these two education programs, which have been taught at 12 schools in Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani, Satun, and Songkhla.

Among these schools is Na Thawi Witthayakhom in Songkhla, where participating students are allowed to choose one of the five sports, namely football, volleyball, muay thai (Thai boxing), sepak takraw, and athletics.

Scholarships will be provided for students under this project to continue their higher education until they complete bachelors degrees. In the 2019 academic year, a total 409 students from eight schools completed their education under the Sports Dream Project for Education in the Southern Border Provinces.

The project is also seen as an education innovation that provides opportunities for local students in the deep South to develop their sports skills to the professional level.

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