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Maytiya is a School Safety Champion!

For the past 20 years, Maytiya has been a kindergarten school teacher at Ban Pa Dua School in Chiang Rai Province (northern Thailand) where she is working with Plan International to create culture of safety that begins at school. She has been rewarded by the ASEAN Safe School Initiative for her outstanding commitment and contribution to school safety in her community. We offer our heartiest congratulations!

Safe School Champion

Based on her personal experiences of the unsafe environment in school and accidents that happened to her students, Maytiya decided to collaborate with Plan International in the program “Safe School” which promotes schools as a platform for children and youth to grow up safely in resilient communities with their rights are respected.

Safe school program

I wish that this will represent a significant step to extend a Safe School boundary to other schools in order that children can stay safely both in school (their second home) and their communities

Children spend up to 50% of their waking hours in school facilities, yet all too often schools are not constructed or maintained to be secure meaning that children can't have a safe education.  Because Plan International recognizes the importance of transforming schools into centers for knowledge transfer on resilience to natural and human-made shocks, our program aims to create a culture of disaster risk reduction that benefits the community as a whole both today and for future generations.

Maytiya’s achievements

Maytiya  has had significant impact on school safety in her community.

  • Preparatory activities such as fire drill exercises were organized to prevent fire disaster in the school and community.
  • The community engagement in safety awareness has increased. The school board members -who are local community leaders - became partners in the school safety activities.
  • She created a safety network with the community, local government agencies and private companies, all contributing what they could afford.
  • Through her initiative, a community fund for emergency response has been introduced and built-in to the community as a preventive mechanism for emergency management.

Safe School Champion

“I am really happy that other people see the importance of my work. I wish that this will represent a significant step to extend a Safe School boundary to other schools in order that children can stay safely both in school (their second home) and their communities.” Maytiya