Former British prime minister Tony Blair talks to students during his visit to the Education Ministry yesterday.
The government's "2012 English Speaking Year" programme was given a big boost yesterday, with Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair acting as an honorary English teacher for a group of young students.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair talks to students during his visit to the Education Ministry yesterday. JETJARAS NA RANONG
"Hello, it is good to be with you today," Mr Blair greeted his class during a 10-minute session at the Education Ministry, during which he taught the students some English words and urged them to repeat after him.
A group of about 100 students from several age groups joined officials in welcoming the former PM, who is making a three-day visit to Bangkok to attend the CEO Forum organised by the Industry Ministry and Board of Investment.
The Education Ministry has been campaigning for students at schools nationwide to speak English at least one day a week under its 2012 English Speaking Year programme.
"How happy I am that Thailand decided to take the teaching of English seriously," Mr Blair said.
"It makes sense as the world today is more and more one community and English is a universal language. So it is very sensible for the education system in Thailand to do this."
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