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Ratchaburi Holding, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR Provide Scholarships and Enhance Vocational Students’ Skills in Lao

Ratchaburi Holding PCL (RATCH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), organized a ceremony to deliver scholarships and provide model engineering laboratories for vocational colleges. The event was presided over by Dr. Phankham Viphavanh, Lao Education and Sports Minister and Mr. Noppol Milinthanggoon, Chief Executive Officer of Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc.  The ceremony is part of the “Education for Career Empowerment” project under the collaboration between the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports and RATCH. The MOU signing on the project implementation between the two parties was undertaken in Vientiane, Lao PDR on May 27, 2011.

Mr. Noppol Milinthanggoon, Chief Executive Officer of Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc., said, “The project was initiated in 2010 to address our mission as a socially responsible company. We have an investment of more than 80 billion baht in the PDR Lao and therefore want to make our contribution to the economic and social growth of the country. The initiative promotes vocational education while addressing the Lao PDR’s educational development strategy, which focuses on educational development in parallel with engineering skills to produce individuals for the Lao labor market. The project has been advancing in accordance with the plan and today is the presentation of scholarships and model engineering laboratories.”      

“The initiative reinforces our commitment to continue our long-term operation in the Lao PDR. We believe that this project will help to enhance the potential of educational practitioners in the Lao PDR who play a key role in developing individuals to support rising economic growth and improve the quality of life for the people of the country. Lastly, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the Lao government and the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports which have made great efforts to support the project to attain its goal of vocational development in the Lao PDR,” concluded Noppol.

The “Education for Career Empowerment” socio-educational project is an ongoing 5-year initiative (2011-2015). Launched in 2011, the initiative receives an annual financial support of 5 million baht or the total subsidy of 20 million baht from RATCH. The project is undertaken by two committees which consist of representatives from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR and RATCH. The two committees include the Steering Committee chaired by the Lao Education and Sports Minister and the Project Management Committee chaired by the Vocational Education Department Chief.

Preliminarily, the project highlights knowledge development and skill enhancement in the areas of electrical technology, welding and mechanical tool technology for teachers and educational practitioners in 7 vocational colleges in Vientiane, Luangphrabang, Xayabouly and Xiengkhuang. In 2011, a 20-day workshop was established for 30 teachers from target technical colleges at the Udon Thani Technical College (between September 25 and October 14, 2011). The 30 participants were classified in three areas of subjects including 10 in electrical technology, 10 in welding and 10 in mechanical tool technology. The training program was found to be satisfactory as all participating teachers are able to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired to further develop the new curricula and improve the laboratories at their home colleges.

In 2012, three laboratories in Vientiane were improved to be the model for the development of another four labs. The model electrical lab is at Polytechnic College; the model mechanical lab is at the Pakpasak College; and the model metal welding lab is at the Lao-German Technical College. The initiative also plans to open more model labs in three technical colleges including a metal welding lab in Xayabouly Technical College, an electrical lab in Luangphrabang Technical College and a mechanical lab in Vientiane Technical College.

In 2012, five scholarships were presented to students under the diploma programs and another five scholarships were granted to undergraduate students. They are ongoing scholarship recipients. In the first year, the initiative aims to enhance the potential of vocational teachers in 7 target schools. Teachers from schools or colleges under the supervision of the Technical and Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Sports were therefore selected to receive the scholarships to further their education at a higher level.          

Ratchaburi Holding is a leading Thai company engaged in power business investment.  In the Lao PDR, its joint-investment projects consist of the Nam Ngum2, Nam Ngum 3, Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plants, the Hongsa thermal power plant and Nam Bak power plant project.  In addition, it has registered RATCH-LAO Services Co., Ltd., in the Lao PDR, to engage in the operation and maintenance of the Nam Ngum2 plant. The company has also invested in Electricity Du Lao Generation Public Company’s equity through the Lao Securities Exchange. These investments are valued at approximately Bt 100 billion.  

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Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc                   Azaim Burson-Marsteller Limited
Wiwan Phayakvichien                                                              Hongsinunt Somboonwanna
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