On 30 April 2013, the Royal Thai Embassy welcomed 24 students from Institut Marie Immaculée-Montjoie Grade 4 participating in the “Sawasdee Thailand!” project. The students were accompanied by Principal Riche and their teacher. “Sawasdee Thailand!” aims to acquaint young Belgian students with Thailand and introduce them to Thai customs and culture.
After a warm welcome by Ambassador Apichart Chinwanno in French, the students participated in several interactive activities designed to familiarize them with the Thai way of life, including experiencing a typical day in the life of a student in Thailand by engaging all their 5 senses. Activities included practicing the Thai “Wai” greeting and saying “Sawasdee” (Hello) in Thai, an illustration of the Thai New Year “Songkran” tradition of honouring and paying respect to elders by gently pouring water over their hands, as well as tasting a selection of Thai desserts, fruits, and natural fruit juices.
The students were also invited to take part in a drawing competition of their impressions of Thailand. The winners will receive a voucher to enjoy a meal at a Thai restaurant with their family.
This year 3 schools are participating in the “Sawasdee Thailand!” project, namely, Institut Marie Immaculée-Montjoie, the European School, and St. Joseph School. Students from the European School will visit the Royal Thai Embassy on Monday 6 May 2013.