Her Inspirations to Regional and Worldwide Impact

H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana had a high regional and international visibility and recognition through her 50 years of dedication to the cause of inclusive quality educational for all, through her advocacy of sciences policy for International competition and excellence, and her personal involvement in promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogues at regional and international levels. Her works provided inspirations to the international communities, as those issues were and still are of great international relevance and grave concern. In Asia, the regional commitment and goal that education should be available and accessible to all, and that every girl and boy must be able to access and complete a quality pre-primary, primary and secondary education in order to meet the Global Goal for education were, and are now being highlighted by UNESCO’s regional offices, regional experts and many national policy-makers endeavouring to achieve sustainable development.

The numerous schools and children centres that she visited were mostly located in marginalized, hard-to-reach, or border areas, populated by ethnic minority children, and children with migrant parents who lived on both sides of the borders of many neighbouring countries, as well as in congested slum areas of big cities. The Princess’s visits to those places shed light on the complex situations regarding human development issues that also existed in other countries around the world, thus sparking the curiosity and interest of many humanitarian regional and international agencies, organizations, and educational experts who followed her into those schools and communities to learn from the projects, for example, on how the Princess’s health promotion and well-being education in schools could lead to pupils’ better quality learning, healthy school policies, and improved school’s and community’s environment. Often, her projects inspired the furtherance of the same cause in other countries.

Some of the foundations under her patronage had regional and international linkages, support programmes and “South-South” cooperation and assistance. For example, the

Prostheses Foundation, initiated by her mother, also cooperated with Thailand Mine Action Center under her patronage, which was established in accordance with the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty. Additionally, the Prostheses Foundation which had made accessible to numerous handicapped children the low-cost, but light-weight and high-quality artificial legs, locally produced by mobile units in 50 provinces in Thailand, enabling those children to complete their primary or secondary school and occupation training, further extended its cooperation and assistance on a “South-South” basis to youths and adults in neighbouring countries in the region, such as in China, Laos, Malaysia, while cooperating technically with countries in Africa such as Burundi and Senegal.

Her promotion of the national policy and commitment in Sciences and Mathematics and her assistance in connection with the International Olympiads enhanced Thailand and Asian role and achievement in the international scientific arenas, and thus creating a long term impacts at regional and international levels.

Her works in connection with the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogues, known to the world through her personal visits to places of global importance, and through her published travelogues about those cultural sites and the hosting countries, greatly promoted cultural impacts at the national, regional, and international levels, paving the way for greater mutual respect and understanding between cultures of the people worldwide, and thus promoting peace and harmony among mankind.