During 9-16 August 2015, the group of 10 Thai students (Grade 6-9) and 2 accompanied teachers visited India under the Thailand-India Students Exchange Programme. This programme is a collaboration among three agencies, i.e. the Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, the Embassy of India in Thailand and the Young Ambassadors of Virtue Foundation established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. The programme served as a gateway for Thai students to experience diverse culture, heritage, knowledge and dynamics of India. On the other way round, a similar group of Indian students are expected to visit Thailand in early January 2016.
During their visit to India, the Young Ambassadors of Virtue received a warm welcome by H.E. Mr. Chalit Manityakul, the Thai Ambassador to India. They also visited the Ministry of External Affairs of India, where they paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Secretary East, and were briefed about India and Thailand-India Relations.
The two days of their visit were spent with the students of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, where the Thai and Indian students indulged themselves in a number of activities which helped them know each other and share their cultures better such as walking tours, yoga and art workshop. They together visited various places to understand India’s society, heritage and culture such as Lodi Garden, Gandhi Museum, Gandhi Smriti and Akshardham Temple. On 12 August 2015 which was the International Youth Day and the Mother’s day in Thailand, the Thai-Indian students visited and observed the “Quiz Thailand,” a quiz event organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand in collaboration with Royal Thai Embassy and Thai Airways International at Sri Satya Sai International Auditorium.
The Young Ambassadors of Virtue also learnt about Indian multiculturalism through their visit to National Gallery of Modern Arts, National Museum of India, Bhogal Temple (Buddhist Temple), Ashokan Edict, Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple), the world’s wonder Taj Mahal and the world’s heritage Gutab Minar and Humayun Tomb and various places of interests.
This excursion not only provided the Young Ambassadors the opportunity to learn about the cultural and historical rich and one of the fastest growing nations- India but also the chance to make new friends across border.
The Embassy is proud to be associated with the brilliant and energetic Young Ambassadors of Virtue who, the Embassy strongly believes, will pave the way forward for closer and stronger Thailand-India Relations.
Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi
18 August 2015