Rayong Province and Dow Thailand Synergize 17 Agencies under “Rayong EF Partnership Network” to Elevate Youth’s Success

Rayong - March 01, 2017 - Rayong Province and Dow Thailand Group joined forces with other 17 agencies under “Rayong EF Partnership Network” in signing a memorandum of understanding of DOW - EF Development for Successful Youth & Rayong Happiness with the aim to instill EF (Executive Functions of the brain) as a basis for children development and upbringing. Through integrated and sustainable collaboration, the project will help enhance the youth’s potentials, strengthen the communities, and position Rayong as a pilot city of happiness.

The MOU signing ceremony marks a great collaboration of the province. 19 agencies include (1) Rayong Province, (2) Office of the Narcotics Control Board Section 2, (3) Rayong Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office, (4) Rayong Provincial Health Office, (5) Primary Educational Service Area Office 1, (6) Rayong Red Cross Chapter, (7) Women’s Empowerment Committee, (8) Muang Rayong District, (9) Ban Chang District, (10) Map Ta Phut Town Municipality, (11) Ban Chang Town Municipality, (12) Ban Chang Sub-district Municipality, (13) Phala Sub-district Municipality, (14) Sam Nak Thon Sub-district Municipality, (15) Noen Phra Sub-district Municipality, (16) Thapma Sub-district Municipality, (17) Sam Nak Thon Sub-district Administrative Organization, (18) Thailand EF Partnership, and (19) Dow Thailand Group as a facilitator of all partners driving the project to success.

Surasak Charoensirichote, Rayong Governor, said, “I admire Dow Thailand Group and Rayong EF Partnership Network that foresee the importance of youth development by providing us a key body of knowledge for brain development as well as creating knowledge exchange platforms, academic and resource support. This initiative can help prevent problems and risks prone to children and improve Rayong people’s quality of lives. Rayong province is a pilot city for EF development and I hope that this partnership will help enhance our province and especially groom Rayong children who are the new generation to become the valuable driving force of our nation.”

Jirasak Singmaneechai, Managing Director of Dow Thailand Group, said, “Dow is a respected global science company who adopts the principle of sustainable development to every undertaking following promise to sustainability. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life of current and future generations for community success. Dow has operated in Thailand for 50 years and has partnered with social, public, and private sectors to uplift industrial standards, community’s well-being, youth education, and environmental conservation. We believe that this project will help create a positive impact to the society and the quality development of our youth so that they become a valuable workforce of tomorrow of the nation.”

In 2017, DOW - EF Development for Successful Youth & Rayong Happiness will encompass last year’s work in forming 120 Change Agents in Ban Chang and Map Ta Phut. The project has conducted more than 34 activities and benefited more than 3,500 people. In 2017, the project will continue to develop and disseminate EF knowledge in Rayong province, support an integrated partnership network, promote Change Agent to EF Leader, develop EF activity-based learning to strengthen the communities, especially in Ban Chang and Map Ta Phut, and extend EF activities to Rayong metropolitan area, and efficiently drive the project further.

About EF (Executive Functions)

A human brain is categorized by function into 3 main parts. EF is a mental process in the frontal part of the brain that controls cognitive, analyzing, inhibiting, and emotional skills. This part of the brain is best developed at the age of 0-6 years old. It is a set of skills that governs IQ and EQ and is classified into three groups which are Basic Skills, Self-directing Skills, and Practice Skills. These skills enable children to learn, solve problems, socialize, and lead a happy and successful life.

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 collaboration and networks to bring about sustainability for its business as well as society.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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