Dow Thailand Awarded for Outstanding Organization for Serving Children and Youth at National Youth Day 2018
Dow Thailand has invested greatly in building the workforce for tomorrow and has joined forces with both public and private sectors to provide people with better lives and wellbeing and thereby enabling sustainable communities. Dow, as the leading science group of companies in Thailand, has engaged children and youth in over 20 projects. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is one of Dow's top priorities and linked to national development. This year Dow is the sole organization that has been granted this type of award.
Poranee Kongamornpinyo, Public Affairs Director of Dow Thailand Group, said “We support paths to success for Thai youth at all ages from classroom to careers by offering opportunities and expanding the capacity of students from diverse educational backgrounds to be competent to meet our country’s needs in the future, and empowering educators with skills and expertise to inspire a new generation of students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM.”
Dow Thailand has continuously advanced and supported STEM education and related activities which aim to promote scientific and technological skills in children, and support social and economic development. The key projects include:
- Dow Chemistry Classroom in partnership with the Royal Patronage of Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak and the National Science Museum (NSM) was founded in 2014. The project promotes science teaching and learning in primary and secondary schools through small-scale chemistry laboratories. The techniques are considered not only highly efficient and safe, but are also recognized by UNESCO. It is the first time that the techniques have been applied by a private company in the Thai education system. Over the past 6 years, more than 1,200 teachers from over 600 schools nationwide have attended training sessions. The project has supported over 7,000 sets of a small-scale chemistry laboratory tools that simplify chemical experiments while reducing chemical wastes. Students gain first-hand experience through a real-life experiments in the classroom while teachers are equiped with innovative experimental techniques. Currently, the campaign has made an impact on a total of 60,000 students.
- Science Caravan in collaboration with the National Science Museum (NSM) was initiated in 2014. The project promotes science learning inside and outside the classroom and spurs innovation through science in an enjoyable setting accessible for people of all ages while stimulating Thailand to become a science-led society. Moreover, the project is in line with the Rayong Development Plan to bolster the community’s educational competency, especially in STEM. Over the past 5 years, a total of 30,000 participants in Rayong and vicinity areas have joined the activities.
- The Vocational Chemical Engineering Practice College (V-ChEPC) Project operates in cooperation with the Vocational Education Commission, the Petrochemical Industry Club, and the Federation of Thai Industries. In alignment with the country’s policy on human resource development for competitiveness, students are equipped with the skills they need to enter the Thailand 4.0 labor market through the learning-by-doing concept under the supervision of expert and skillful employees in leading petrochemical companies preparing a future workforce for the industry. Since 2008, Dow has provided over 10 million baht in financial support for the project. More than 50 interns have been trained at Dow’s facilities and 17 have become full-time employees.
All of the above projects reflect Dow Thailand Group’s commitment to good governance and corporate citizenship to create success and improve quality of life in society and especially in the communities around our operational areas. Dow Thailand will continue to develop STEM fields by getting students excited about STEM subjects, supporting our educators, and creating career advancement pathways within all areas of education and workforce pipeline, in order to deliver ever-increasing value to society and lead in developing a blueprint for a sustainable planet and society.
About Dow Thailand Group
Consisting of Companies of Dow Chemical Thailand and the SCG-Dow Group, Dow Thailand Group, the leading science group of companies in Thailand, is the largest manufacturing base of Dow Chemical in the Asia-Pacific region and a leading importer of chemical products for diverse industries in Thailand, including those for agriculture and household pesticides. The group is committed to developing science-driven innovations and strives to form effective collaborations and networks to bring about sustainability for its business as well as society.