The power of a child’s questioning mind

Want children to learn? Encourage them to ask questions. Better still, help them to get the answers. This should be a norm in schools. Sadly, fostering a questioning mind is an exception rather than the rule in the Thai education system. But some exceptional schools in Satun province in southern Thailand offer a glimmer of […]

Air pollution continues to kill: does Thailand’s National Energy Plan offer hope?

Air pollution is a persistent, deadly problem in Thailand. Time after time we watched as thick white smog rolled through the maze of roads to settle among buildings. We knew something was very wrong. After all, clean air should not be visible. We have been living with air pollution, PM2.5, and have worn N95 masks […]

Food safety a must for home operators

Struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic, many people have turned to their home kitchens to sell home-cooked food online. Imagine the shock when tax officials knock on their doors. This is what happened to a family which sold fresh orange juice from their home kitchen recently. The incident made headlines and sent […]

Easing pandemic pain among the poor

  Somchai Jitsuchon The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that started December last year has sparked a new round of public concerns about increasing health risks and severe social and economic repercussions. This new outbreak, however, is different from when the first wave hit Thailand last year. This time around, the number of infected people is […]

Happiness gap in the Land of Smiles

Worawan Chandoevwit How happy are people in the “Land of Smiles?” Not too happy. In fact, the Thai people’s spirit was at its lowest last year, and things don’t look much brighter in 2021. According to the World Happiness Report which ranks countries around the world by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, […]

Big data to keep Thai workers afloat

Winit Theanvanichpant Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Thailand early this year, businesses have been falling like dominoes. Millions of people have lost their jobs in the country’s worst economic downturn in recent memory. Yet some jobs have survived the pandemic better than others. Which are they? Why are they resilient to the crisis? What jobs […]

Covid-19 emphasizes the need to bridge the digital divide and reduce online educational inequality

Dr. Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu Amid the Covid-19 global outbreak, governments around the world, including Thailand, have put in place “semi-lockdown” and social distancing measures to stop the spread of the virus. This leads to the closing of public places, including universities, to prevent social gathering. Universities have, consequently, turned to online teaching so that students can […]

Lockdown peril haunts abusive homes

Boonwara Sumano Chenphuengpawn In effect, everyone is forced to stay at home for a period of 40 days. There’s the real possibility that period will be extended if the situation does not improve sufficiently by the end of April. For some people, staying at home may help protect them from the virus, but at the same […]

Thai economy’s rocky road in 2020

Kirida Bhaopichitr The Thai economy will continue to grow slowly in 2020, albeit slightly faster than this year. It is projected to expand at 2.5-3.0%, compared with 2.5% in 2019, in line with faster growth in the global economy next year. The Thai economy’s main drivers in 2020 will be recoveries in export volumes and […]

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