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The first full, not-for-profit IB international school in Thailand
The first full, not-for-profit IB international school in Thailand

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As we mark our 25th anniversary, nostalgia has been sweeping through our community...and for those who used to attend International School Bangkok at our home on Sukhumvit 15! An ISB alumnus from the Class of 1968 recently stopped by to tour his old school. In addition to sharing many of his childhood memories, he posted some wonderful pictures that show just how much the campus has transformed over the years.
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We're incredibly excited to be hosting the Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) at the end of the month in collaboration with +Eir Soccer, the UNDP and honorary referee and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, most recognized for his role as Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones! The GGWCup is an activist soccer tournament that aims to raise awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and encourage people to take action to reach them.
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As we look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary this fall, we're also reflecting on the incredible journey our community has taken thus far. In the late 1980s, only six registered international schools existed in Thailand. When parents and the United Nations began to lobby for a new school, perhaps they did not realize just how large of an impact their dream would have.

On 10 November 1989, the Private Education Commission tentatively approved a proposal to not only allow more international schools in Thailand, but also consider allowing Thai students to enroll in them. The floodgates had opened.

International education in Thailand was about to fundamentally change, driven by the dreams of parents, students and teachers who imagined a school free from any national curriculum, truly global in scope. Shortly after NIST opened in 1992 with just over 500 students enrolled, dozens of other schools began to appear.

Our first families were pioneers, visionaries who believed that learning inspires, empowers and enriches us all. We can only hope that 25 years later, they are proud of the community we have become.
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International schools in Bangkok and around the world often adopt a mission that fosters diversity, caring and integrity. Seeing alumni carry those values forward and enriching their communities validates so much of what we hope to accomplish.

Late last month, Praya Lundberg (นาตยา ลุนด์เบิร์ก) from the Class of 2007 was named the +UNHCR's first-ever Goodwill Ambassador for Southeast Asia. She joins Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett and others in campaigning for refugees and human rights around the globe.

We're incredibly proud of Praya and our many other alumni who have each contributed to a better world in their own way!
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Last week we commemorated World Day Against Child Labour with European Union Ambassador Jesús Miguel Sanz, who not only spoke about the devastating impact of child labour globally, but also offered guidance in how NIST students and other youth can play an active role in combating it.

In addition to providing an overview of the issue, the ambassador led a panel in a Q&A session with the live audience and online viewers.
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Our newest graduates have not only shown the strong recognition given to a NIST education, but also demonstrated the impact of our community's shared values. Fully half the class will be attending universities ranked in the top 100 worldwide, and they have received over 1.5 million US dollars in scholarship offers.

More importantly, this diverse group has helped foster a greater passion for service in our community through their work in numerous student groups and NGOs. From the NIST Microcredit Bank to FairNIST Coffee, their work has made a positive difference in the lives of many.

Congratulations, graduates!
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Over the past several years students at NIST transformed what was intended to be a simple CAS project into their own NGO and development project. They're currently raising funds to support one of the five goals identified to support Maeramit Village in Omgoi.

Learn more about the incredible work they've done at https://www.nist.ac.th/voices/maeramit-development-group.
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Just prior to our February break, we were fortunate to welcome Ajahn Brahm to our campus. His interactions with our students, staff and parents served as an excellent reminder of the importance of mindfulness and service in education. Research over the past few decades continually demonstrates that this type of reflection and the fostering of empathy play a vital role in developing global citizens who demonstrate tolerance, flexibility and resilience. Read more about the mindfulness movement in education at http://www.mindfuleducation.org.
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As one of the few not-for-profit international schools in Bangkok, NIST redirects nearly all revenue back into the school. This means we rely on the generosity of parents, friends and like-minded organizations to further develop our facilities and programmes.

Thanks to the funds that have been raised over the past two years, our campus has been transformed into a peaceful haven in the bustling city centre, and our students have benefited from numerous unique learning opportunities.
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One of the ways in which we've evolved as a community over the past few years is through the pursuit of connections with other like-minded organizations that can enrich the opportunities we provide to our students, as well as the surrounding community.

Our new partnership with +Chelsea Football Club opens an exciting new programme that will allow children around Bangkok to challenge themselves and reach their potential through the game of football. Learn more about Chelsea FC Soccer School Bangkok on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chelseafcssbangkok.
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