Unesco hon­ours Kam­phol, late founder of Thai Rath


The United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unesco) has praised Kam­phol Vachara­phol, the late founder of Thai Rath news­pa­per, for his work in ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing jour­nal­ism in the coun­try.

Kam­phol, who passed away in 1996, was lauded by the or­gan­i­sa­tion as an in­di­vid­ual of great im­por­tance for his es­tab­lish­ment of Thairath Vithaya School and the Thairath Foun­da­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Unesco, Kam­phol devoted the last part of his life to pro­mot­ing for­mal ed­u­ca­tion for those in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas of Thai­land.

He did this by build­ing new schools, which now add up to 101, with 30,000 stu­dents, and form part of the Thairath Vithaya school net­work.

He in­tro­duced civic duty stud­ies as a new sub­ject, along with me­dia lit­er­acy, in an ef­fort to pro­mote civic values.

His work con­tin­ues to pro­vide learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all and fur­thers global aware­ness among Thai peo­ple.

Unesco has also pledged to mark his 100th birth­day on Dec 27, 2019.

He is the only Thai na­tional to have been hon­oured for his devo­tion to ed­u­ca­tion and jour­nal­ism by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Hail­ing from a hum­ble fam­ily back­ground in Sa­mut Sakhon, he later built the first school un­der his Thairath Vi­taya school project in Lop Buri in 1969.

Kam­phol: Praised for life­long con­tri­bu­tion

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