Her Major Works

1. Education

1.1. Inclusive quality Education

“ผู้ใหญ่ทุกฝ่ายทุกคนมีหน้าที่ผูกพันที่จะต้องดูแลให้การศึกษาอบรมเยาวชน…ให้มีความคิด จิตใจที่ประณีต แจ่มใส และเข้มแข็ง มั่นคงอยู่ในเหตุผลและคุณธรรมความดี”

Adults of all sections are obliged to provide quality education and ethical lessons for the youth so that they could be spiritually strong, stable and reasonable.”

She focused on inclusive and equitable quality education, especially promoting increased access for the poor, the disabled, the marginalized, and the children with special needs. Visiting countless early childhood development centres, primary and secondary schools in remote mountains and islands, as well as in sensitive border regions and slum areas, her goals were not merely to promote universal literacy, but to respond to the overall developmental needs of those children and communities. She donated the necessary facilities, learning equipment and scholarships, but more importantly, she provided, through the Princess Mother’s Medical Volunteer Foundation, relevant health education and intervention services for the wellness of the children, women and the elderly in the communities, which she considered to be a prerequisite to quality basic and lifelong education.

She worked in partnership with relevant governmental agencies, such as Basic Education Office, Non Formal Education Office, Border Patrol Police Schools Networks, and Centre for the Promotion of Occupation for the Handicapped, and also supported non-governmental agencies with similar goals and objectives. She took many of those charitable organizations under her patronage, such as Foundation for Slum Child Care (FSCC), The Cardiac Children Foundation, Nanthaburi Withaya School Foundation for the Needy Children, the Foundation for Life Development (FLDP) for the Elderly, Foundation for Development of the Northern Female Youth, Prince Mahidol M.D. Fund at the Faculty of Medicine of Chiang Mai University, The Prostheses Foundation initiated by the Princess Mother, Princess Mother’s Charity Fund, The Green World Foundation, and the Child Psychiatric Foundation of Thailand.

1.2. Quality Languages Teaching and Teachers’ Capacity Building

“รู้ภาษามากกว่าหนึ่งภาษาก็เหมือนว่าเรามีหน้าต่างมากกว่าหนึ่งบาน ยิ่งมีหน้าต่างหลายบานก็ยิ่งทำให้เราเห็นโลกได้มากขึ้น”

Knowing more than one language is like to be surrounded by windows through which one can experience the world outside more explicitly.

Educated since childhood in Switzerland, she valued multilingualism and languages education given in that country. Back in Thailand, she began, in 1952, an early career as a teacher of French Language at Chulalongkorn University, and later taught at many other universities at their invitation, especially at Thammasat, Chiang Mai, Kasetsart, and Prince of Songkla (Pattani campus). During one decade as a university classroom teacher, she served as an example and an inspiration to Thai teachers of foreign Languages nationwide.

She encouraged teachers’ capacity-building as a path towards improvement of their teaching quality. She was instrumental in reforming the curriculum and the teaching methodologies of French and other foreign languages, cross-cutting the learning of languages with wider research and knowledge inquisition in other fields, such as Sciences, Medicine, and Law. She was a teachers’ mentor who nurtured the formation of the Thai Association of Teachers of French, founded in 1977, and acted as its first president for two terms during which time she gave policy advice and financial support to put in place a sustainable in-service development programme for French language teachers nationwide. She also initiated in 2004 the establishment of the Foundation for the promotion of French Language and French Studies, under her patronage.

2. Basic Sciences and Mathematics

“การพัฒนาเศรษฐกิจที่ยั่งยืนของประเทศจำเป็นต้องมีวิทยาศาสตร์และเทคโนโลยีเป็นพื้นฐานที่สำคัญ และการพัฒนานั้น…จะต้องเริ่มที่การสร้างและพัฒนา “คน” ซึ่งได้แก่เยาวชน…”

To develop sustainable economy of the country needs the solid fundamental base in science and technology. To achieve this, it is crucially important to focus on the young people first.

A graduate in Chemistry from the University of Lausanne in 1948, she appreciated the important role of sciences in peace building, poverty eradication, and socio- economic development. Later, in Thailand, she became a resolute advocate for the long-term policy in sciences and mathematics for excellence and for development.

In 1989, she cooperated with the Science Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, the Mathematics Association of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Sciences and Technology, under the Ministry of Education, and provided her financial support to enable the participation of six of Thailand’s outstanding secondary school students at the International Mathematical Olympiad held in Germany, for the first time in Thai history. It was a world-class Olympiad, and one of the Thai students returned home with a bronze medal. After a long period of consideration, the Princess recommended and gave the seed money for the establishment of The Promotion of Academic Olympiad and Development of Science Education Foundation which marked Thailand’s first policy commitment to the long-term promotion of Sciences and Mathematics for Excellence at the international level. The Princess took the Foundation under her patronage, providing regular financial assistance and helped promoting fund-raising to sponsor national Sciences and Math competition activities, to send Thai students to International Olympiads held in other countries, and to host some of the International Olympiad events in Thailand. In 2007, she initiated the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. She actively participated at many national and provincial pre-Olympiads events in all branches of Sciences.

Thus, the scientific landscape of Thailand was markedly transformed, as increasing number of students from all parts of Thailand joined the annual national and international Olympiads, and more and more medals were won by Thais over the past 30 years. Furthermore, students participating in the Olympiads who showed continued interest, high motivation and strong leadership in Sciences have been given Thai government’s scholarships to pursue higher scientific education abroad and are now returning to lead scientific development of the country.

3. Culture: Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogues

“…ความมั่นคงและลุ่มลึกทางวัฒนธรรมทำให้มนุษย์ดำรงอยู่ได้อย่างมีศักดิ์ศรีและไม่หวั่นไหวต่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงทั้งดีและร้าย”

What makes the existence of human beings so dignified and invulnerable against all odds of life is the strength and profundity of culture itself.