On 24 March 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy welcomed 29 students from the European School (Uccle) Grade 3 participating in the “Sawasdee Thailand!” project. The students were accompanied by their teacher Mr. Xavier Vergez and interested parents. “Sawasdee Thailand!” aims to acquaint young Belgian students with Thailand and introduce them to Thai customs and culture.
After a warm welcome by Ambassador Nopadol Gunavibool 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 be announced in May.
The Embassy has organized the “Sawasdee Thailand!” project for the third consecutive year. This year 4 French and Flemish speaking schools are participating in the project, namely, the European School, Institut Marie Immaculée-Montjoie, St. Joseph School, and Sint-Jozefschool. Students from Institut Marie Immaculée-Montjoie will visit the Royal Thai Embassy on Thursday 26 March 2015.