- Children of migrant workers given access to education through the preschools that prepares them to enter the local Thai education system
- Since 2013, Thai Union has collaborated with LPN to establish 5 preschools to help the children of migrant workers by 2020
- Children also receive additional support for life skills learning including nutrition workshops, football clinics and safety awareness through Thai Union’s focus on People and Communities as part of its SeaChange® sustainability strategy
5 JULY 2019, SAMUT SAKHON – Thai Union Group PCL officially opened its fourth preschool in Samut Sakhon to help the children of migrant workers to learn Thai language and culture before entering the formal Thai education system.
The preschool, located at Luang Pat Kosol Upatham School, will provide basic education for the children while also ensuring they are safe during the day, providing their working parents with peace of mind that their children are getting a good education and start to life.
Since 2013, Thai Union has allocated a budget of THB 10 million and partnered with the Labor Rights Promotions Network Foundation (LPN) to build preschools for the children of migrant workers in Thailand, with the aim to establish five by 2020.
“Thai Union has committed our sustainability strategy, SeaChange®, to drive positive change in the seafood industry,” said Rittirong Boonmechote, President of Global Frozen and Related Units at Thai Union. “This includes improving the lives of those living and working in the regions where we operate.”
“The preschool project could not be successful without our partnership with LPN, who play an important role in the network between Thai Union, schools, and the migrant community in Samut Sakhon. With all parties collaborating to bring children of migrant workers into the Thai education system, we will offer them the opportunity for a better future.”
Teachers at the preschools can communicate in both Thai and foreign languages such as Burmese to ensure they are providing an effective learning experience.
“We appreciate Thai Union’s commitment to pave the way into the education system for children of migrant workers, which is actually a fundamental right for every child” said Sompong Srakaew, Founder and Director of LPN. “The preschool project has proven to be a good example of collaboration between the private sector, the community and civil society to grant them access to education – an important foundation for a better life.”
The opening of the new Thai Union Preschool was also attended by Tawee Tanok, Director of the Samut Sakhon Primary Educational Service Area Office; Samut Sakhon Governor Somkid Chanthamaruk and Prasit Suwan, School Director. They joined Boonmechote and Srakaew to sign a memorandum of understanding for managing the preschool.
Thai Union had previously established three other preschools, located at Wat Srisudtharam School (2013), Wat Sirimongkol School (2014) and Wat Yaichomprasat School (2016). So far more than 330 children of migrant workers have joined the preschool program, with the new school able to accept about 50 children. Thai Union welcome’s Plan International’s announcement last week to also start to support access to education for the children of migrant workers.
ABOUT THAI UNION GROUP
Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for more than 40 years.
Today, Thai Union is regarded as the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 133.3 billion (US$ 4.1 billion) and a global workforce of over 47,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.
The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch and Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, Bellotta and Marvo.
As a company committed to innovation and globally responsible behavior, Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). In 2015, Thai Union introduced its SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Find out more at seachangesustainability.org. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues was recognized in 2018 by being ranked number one in the world in the Food Products Industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, achieving a 100th percentile ranking for total sustainability score. Thai Union has now been named to the DJSI for five consecutive years. Thai Union was also named to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the third straight year in 2018.
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Caption: Thai Union, LPN and the Luang Pat Kosol Upatham School signed a memorandum of understanding for managing the new preschool in Samut Sakhon.
Caption: The children of migrant workers enjoying their first lesson at a new preschool opened by Thai Union. This is the fourth preschool the company has built in Samut Sakhon.
Caption: The official opening ceremony of Thai Union's fourth preschool, which will help the children of migrant workers to learn Thai language and culture before entering the formal Thai education system.
Caption: Rittirong Boonmechote, President of Global Frozen and Related Units at Thai Union, delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the new preschool in Samut Sakhon.
Darian McBain, Thai Union's Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, joined in a storytelling activity with the children.
Samut Sakhon Governor Somkid Chanthamaruk stressed the importance of the preschool for the children of migrant workers during the opening ceremony.