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Thailand Conference on Reading 2013

“Reading for Equity”

March 21-22, 2013

King Petch Room, Asia Hotel Bangkok


Thursday, March 21, 2013

8.30-9.00:   Registration

9.00-9.10:   International Songs by Chorus Singers from Soka Gakkai Thailand

9.10-9.15:   Welcome Address by Dr.Sirikorn Maneerin, Sub-Committee Chair, Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park)

                  and Executive Committee Member, the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (OKMD), Thailand

9.15-9.20:   Welcome Address by Mr.Songsak Premsuk, Chair of the Office of Knowledge Management and Development

                  in Thailand (OKMD), Thailand

9.20-9.30:   Opening Speech by Mr. Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan,  Minister to the Prime Minister's, Thailand

9.30-10.30: Special Lecture “Education of equitable quality: The crucial role of development of good reading skills and habit

                  during primary education”
Dr. Dhir Jhingran, National Coordinator, Right to Education (RTE), National Commission for

                 Protection Of Child Rights (NCPCR), and Former Chief Program Officer, Literacy, Room to Read.         

10.30-10.45:  Tea/Coffee Break

10.45-12.00:  Paper Presentation “Rainbow Reading Gardens: An initiative to inspire children's imagination in eastern Indonesia”

                     by Ms. Nila Tanzil, Founder of Rainbow Reading Gardens (Taman Bacaan Pelangi), Indonesia

12.00-13.30:  Lunch

13.30-14.45:  Paper Presentation “Rethinking roles of small libraries and reading promotion programs in Myanmar”

                     by Mr. Ye Htet Oo, Founder and Director of Tharapar Library and Amara Learning Center, Myanmar

14-45-15.00: Tea/Coffee Break

15.00-16.15: Paper Presentation “Transferring of books among libraries: The solution of effective promotion of the use of the

                    books and other information in order to reduce people cultural standard between rural and city communities”,

                    by  Dr. Vu Duong Thuy Nga, Deputy Director of the Library Department, Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism,


16.15-16.30: Q&A Session


Friday, March 22, 2013

9.00-9.20:   Registration

9.20-9.30:   Multimedia Presentation

9.30-10.30: Special Lecture “Book and Reading Culture in Southeast Asia”
Assoc.Prof.Dr.Sunait Chutintaranond,

                  Director of Asian Studies Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

10.30-10.45: Tea/Coffee Break

10.45-12.00: Paper Presentation “Read ASEAN through Life: Research of ASEAN Kid Picture Books”

                    by Dr.Patcharaporn Panyawuthikrai, Independent Academic, Brain-based Learning for Kids Project,

                   Institute of Research and Development Foundation, Thailand

12.00-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.45: Paper Presentation “Kids who read the world: Reading skill for the new century”

                    by Dr. Chulakorn Masathienwong, Director of Ramajitti Institute, Office of Research Coordination Network

                    for Children, Youth and Education, under the support of the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), Thailand

                    and Mr.Sunchai Nongtrud , Head of Media and Documentary Department, Ranajitti Institute

14.45-15.00: Tea/Coffee Break

15.00-16.15: Panel Discussion “How to Promote Reading for Social Equity?” 

                         Participants:  Dr. Dhir Jhingran, Dr. Vu Duong Thuy Nga, Ms.Nila Tanzil and Mr. Ye Htet Oo

                         Moderator:  Mr.Suphajon Klinsuwan, Channel 3 English Language News Anchor, Thailand

16.00-16.15: Closing Ceremony


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