The opening ceremony which was attended by approximately 100 participants comprising government officials, Laguna Phuket management, Cherngtalay villagers, and members of the press, started at 2 pm with a welcome remarks addressed by Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket.
The 2-hour launch was then continued by a press launch discussion on “Public-Private Partnership in Developing Sustainable Communities.” Panelists included Dr. Punlop Singhasenee, Vice Governor of Phuket; Ms. Claire Chiang, Co-Founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation; Associate Professor Dr. Prathana Kannaovakun, Dean of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus; and Ms. Pattamaporn Rattanadilok Na Phuket, Senior News Editor and News Anchor of National TV Channel 11.
The launch participants were asked to join a moment of silence in remembrance of the 10th Tsunami Commemoration with a poetic recital to the Thai classical flute before Vice Governor Dr. Punlop and Mrs. Claire Chiang jointly rang a gong to signify the official opening of the Centre.
Laguna Phuket Community Learning Centre (CLC) was established in March 2007 from Phuket Tsunami Recovery Funds (PTRF) to develop long-term assistance for those affected by the 2004 Tsunami.
It was originally set up as a community English language centre providing free English courses to community members, with the generous support of Cherngtalay Sub-District Administrative Office.
To-date 7,328 learners have enrolled with our program (4,250 learners completed Beginner’s Level, 3,025 learners completed Intermediate Level, and 13 learners completed Advanced Level).
“I’d like to thank all of our supporters, especially the Cherngtalay Municipality, for being a great partner from the start. The Community English Centre has served its purposes for over 7 years and more than 7,000 local people had benefited from it,” said Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket, at the launch.
“With continued support from all, I believe those numbers can double. We are well on our way to developing sustainable communities” he concluded.
Ms. Claire Chiang, Co-Founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, is a true believer in partnership and engagement, “The sense of collective responsibility will bring us all together the way we are here today at this launch ceremony. The private sector, the government, the educator, the media, and the community itself all have vital roles in holistic approach to CSR. Together we can.”
The newly refurbished centre will be opened as the Community Learning Centre in recognition of the 10th Tsunami commemoration. The new centre will become a community hub where people can develop their skills and further their knowledge in addition to English courses. Starting of January 2015, the centre will provide free and open community education with training on general life skills to empower individuals, so that they can realize their potential at home, in the workplace and in the community.
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