Brunei teacher to receive Princess Maha Chakri Award on Oct 15

James Kon

Hajah Noorliah binti Haji Aspar from Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School will receive the prestigious Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA).

The awarding ceremony for 2019 PMCA recipients will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on October 15.

She joins past recipients of Hajah Ratnawati binti Haji Mohammad from Keriam Primary School, Tutong for PMCA 2015 and Lim Soh Ngo from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College for PMCA 2017.

The recipients met with Chairperson of the PMCA Dr Krissanapong Kirtikara and Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul at the Thai’s Ambassador residence recently.

The event is held in conjunction with the 2nd PMCA Forum which is a platform for the PMCA recipients of 2017 to share their practices with other teachers in the Southeast Asia region.

Recipients with Chairperson of the PMCA Dr Krissanapong Kirtikara. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The PMCA is given to outstanding teachers from 11 countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN+Timor Leste) who have made a significant impact on students’ lives.

The PMCA was set up in 2015 during Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom 60th anniversary birthday celebration in recognition of Her Royal Highness’ contribution, commitment and devotion to teachers and education, particularly disadvantaged groups in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

The PMCA Foundation provides general criteria that focusses on teachers who change student development and lives, particularly the disadvantage groups in the remote areas, which is the main emphasis of Her Royal Highness’ work.

Specific criteria and selection process are conducted by the Ministry of Education of each country. Biennially, each Ministry of Education will submit their nominations to the PMCA Foundation and the foundation will be submitted to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom for endorsement.

Once the nominations are endorsed, the PMCA Committee members will embark on a mission to each country to meet with stakeholders such as the high officials at the Ministry of Education, the Ambassador of Thailand at the Royal Thai Embassy, nominees, Thai private sectors, and media in each country.

The award aims to promote excellent practices, inspire and serve as examples for teachers in Southeast Asia.

The Award comprises a Golden PMCA Pin, USD10,000 cash prize and a PMCA Plaque.