The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand upholds education as a vital element by declaring  the State to provide thepeople with education as needed in various systems including promoting  life-long learning and enabling cooperation among the State, local administrative organizations, and the private sector.

It is the duty of the state to provide, carry out, supervise, promote and  support every level of education as per educational provisions and international standards. As per  the law and the national education plan, those provisions must include implementation and  inspection to ensure compliance with the National Education Plan.

Education has also been  confirmed as one of the national priorities in the 20-Year National Strategy (2018-2037) and the  National Scheme of Education (2017-2036), as one of the key factors in developing our citizens  to ensure that they are provided with the essential tools to help the nation achieve the sustainable  development goals and unlock the ability to develop and support various sectors in the future.  

Thailand is committed to ensuring a safe return to school for all students. With commendable  efforts to provide education in the Post-COVID-19 era, the Government has pledged to do their  best to design several educational initiatives to recover from the learning loss. This requires  prioritizing the safe reopening of schools, as well as setting up strategies to ensure that all learners  return to school and other educational institutions with targeted measures. We will focus on 

those most at risk of not returning, or who are out of school, including strengthening flexible  alternative learning and equivalency programmes and ensuring learners’ and teachers’ health  and well-being are taken care of. Most importantly for the future of education, the Thai government  aims to prepare and implement strategies to secure our future education and protect it from further  closures due to the pandemic of COVID-19 or any other emergencies. Learning loss problems  shall be executively addressed by mobilizing stakeholders to provide prompt aid and return  dropouts to school with financial support. 

Moving forward, the Government of Thailand is committed to ensuring the continuity of learning  for all, as well as being dedicated to organizing environmentally friendly education for all learners now and in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Our planned blended learning approach  will address all forms of exclusion, disparity, and inequality regarding access to education, such  as age, gender, socio-economic status, language, nationality, and religion. Emphasis shall be  placed on encouraging those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable to stay in school and prevent  early school dropouts. 

The Government will always encourage the public and the private sectors to join forces in  creating an education system consisting of global trends, the promotion of global citizenship  and teaching of the 21st century skills to give students the knowledge and confidence to be  employable nationally and internationally. A culture of lifelong learning will be highlighted to  ensure more opportunities for the existing workforce to reskill and upskill to enable them  to keep pace with new technologies and innovations, particularly skills related to promoting  green economies. The Government will mobilize active participation from the industrial and 

private sectors to jointly identify new skills needed in the future to enable the linkage of education  and employability. 

Recognizing the needs to reduce the cost burden of learners and increase the capacity of  educational institutions, the Government has recently approved an increase of per capita  subsidies based on basic necessities starting in the fiscal year of 2023 (October 2022). A  clear framework for educational support and the education budget will be considered to support  educational resources that are efficient, equitable, fair and consistent with changes, including  monitoring the system’s fluidity and accountability. This is in line with the ‘Paris Declaration: A  Global Call for Investing in the Futures of Education, which urges governments to increase  domestic resources with additional investments to recover from COVID-19. Innovative financing  models, with the cooperation of stakeholders such as the Equitable Education Fund, Thailand is  now being introduced to ensure adequate funding for disadvantaged groups. 

Bearing in mind that teachers play a critical role in providing quality education and support for the transformation of education, we will ensure that teachers are well equipped with innovative  learner-centred pedagogical skills and competencies to manage diverse classroom  environments. Teachers will also be provided with more opportunities to reskill and upskill to  enable them to keep pace in the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) world.  They will be provided with strong support structures including digital platforms and adequate  opportunities to exchange with peers, promoting collaborative learning, and improving best  teaching practices through professional learning communities (PLC).  

A learner-centred digital transformation will be supported to improve learning for all and prepares  learners to navigate a world characterized by fast-evolving technologies and changes. We will  aim to provide free, inclusive, and equitable access to online education through open source platforms under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and relevant agencies. We  will focus on quality e-learning programmes, relevant teacher training, and policies that  mainstream digital learning and ensure the safe use of digital technology and artificial intelligence.  

Recognizing that education is fundamental to development and the national growth, we will put  our strong efforts into transforming education to ensure that learners will be well equipped with  the appropriate skills to enhance employability and become global citizens in order to have full  potential to address global challenges.