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80th Anniversary of Education for Thai Blind and Memorial Day of Miss Caulfield – Mother of Education for the Blind in Thailand

80th Anniversary of Education for Thai Blind and Memorial Day of Miss Caulfield – Mother of Education for the Blind in Thailand

 
Thipyaporn  Khempila writes,
 
 
 
On December 12, 2019, Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB) gathering with the Bangkok School for the Blind and Foundation for the Blind in Thailand organized the “Memorial Day of Miss Caulfield” and celebrated the 80th anniversary of the education for the blind in Thailand at the Bangkok School for the Blind, Bangkok, Thailand. For this year, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn came to be the Chairman for this celebrating occasion as well.
 
Miss Genevieve Caulfield is well known as the “Mother of Education for the Blind in Thailand”.  Miss Caulfield (born on May 8, 1888 in USA and passed away on December 12, 1972 in Thailand) is an American blind teacher who brought braille literacy to Thai blind people. In 1939, Miss Caulfield established the first school for the blind in Thailand which is right now the Bangkok school for the blind, and also created the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand. She also produced and promote all dimensions of Thai blind especially in case of the education until the last day of her life.
 
The year 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the education for the blind in Thailand. During the celebration of this memorial day, the Mass, religious ceremony, occurred as the first beginning of the day. Officials, teachers, current and graduated students and other people with and without visual impairment who work for the field of Thai blind gathered to lay bouquets of flowers at the monument of Miss Genevieve Caulfield at the Bangkok School for the Blind for paying respect to the Mother of education for the blind of this country.
 
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn came to this memorial day’s event in order to be the Chairman for this celebrating occasion. The Princess also gave souvenir brooch pins to individuals, private and public sectors that have produced support and benefit to the blind in Thailand and gave the reward to Mr.Kisphong Techaplee who was the winner of the essay writing’s competition on the topic of “ 80th Year pf  Education for the Blind in Thailand – Pride of Hope for the Future.
 
Moreover, for the activities of this event, there was the stage of discussion created on the topic of “Looking toward the future for the Education of the Blind in Thailand”. This session was organized by Thai Graduate Society of the Blind (TGSB) and had 4 professional speakers and 1 moderator as follows;
 
Prof Dr.Wiriya Namsiripongpun – Lecturer of Law at Thammasat University and President of the Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities (speaker)
 
Mr.Torpong Selanon – Current president of the Thailand Association of the Blind (speaker)
 
Dr.Samart Rattanasakorn – Academician and specialist of the Office of the Special Education, Ministry of Education (speaker)
 
Ms.Sarocha Kittisiripan – Blind writer and master student from Chulalongkorn University (speaker) and
 
Dr.Issavara Sirirungruang – Lecturer of Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University (moderator)
 
Likewise, there were booths and exhibition organized by many organizations and persons related to the education of the blind and showing a variety of educational dimensions for the blind such as exhibition of life and works of Miss Genevieve Caulfield, demonstration of braille writing and reading, technologies for the education of the blind, demonstration of mobile application for voice recording of reading for the blind called Read for the Blind and showing audio books mobile application called TAB2Read etc.
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