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Microsoft (Thailand) unveils "Microsoft YouthSpark Program"

Bangkok – 22 April 2013 – Microsoft (Thailand) Limited today unveiled four new citizenship programs in Thailand designed to provide better opportunities in Thailand  within the next three years. As part of the company’s global YouthSpark initiative, Microsoft and its partners from the NGO, government and business sector will empower Thai youths aged 16-30 with access to education and technology.

 

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative designed to tackle the opportunity gap by creating opportunities for 300 million young people over three years. There are currently 14.3 million Thais aged 16-30 and that population is expected to continue to grow.[1] The program’s approach is to empower youth by helping transform education and expand digital inclusion; to unleash future innovators by giving youth the inspiration and tools to imagine new opportunities; and to help youth realize new opportunities of employability and entrepreneurship.

 

Four new programs for Thailand by Microsoft have been introduced under the YouthSpark initiative:

  • Innovate for Good
  • THE YES
  • Give For Youth
  • Developing and Enhancing ICT Skills of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in ASEAN

 

The Innovate for Good event in Thailand is held on 19 and 20 April in Bangkok for up to 100 youths. Innovate for Good is a new global community enabling youth to collaborate, inspire and support one another while using technology to make a difference in their communities. For this project, Microsoft Thailand is working with the National Council for Children and Youth Development (NCYD).

 

NCYD is also involved in the new ‘Tech Training to Help Extend Youth Empowerment Space’ (THE YES) YouthSpark program under which up to 1,200 rural and disadvantaged Thai youths will be trained.

 

Microsoft also presented “Developing and Enhancing ICT Skills of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in ASEAN”, funded by Microsoft. The project will be implemented between now and 2014 with the focus on enhancing ICT skills of SMEs in four ASEAN countries – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In Thailand, the ASEAN Foundation and The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) will provide entrepreneurs aged 16-25 years with e-commerce and e-business training.

 

In September 2012, Microsoft announced Give for Youth a global microgiving marketplace focused on raising funds for nonprofit organisations that support youth causes around the world. In Thailand, seven projects under the supervision of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) have raised nearly 120,000 US Dollars through the website. Worldwide, 1,717 donors have raised almost 1.2 million US dollars for over 500 social projects since the Give for Youth launch seven months ago.

 

Closing the opportunity gap through Empowering, Imagining and Realizing

Siriporn Pajharawat, Developer & Platform Strategy Director, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, said, “Since its establishment in Thailand 20 years ago, Microsoft has been committed to improving the lives of Thais through our ‘We Make 70 Million Lives Better’ vision. Numerous programs, such as Partners in Learning, Imagine Cup, DreamSpark and BizSpark, have already benefitted approximately 10.6 million people in Thailand. Our young people now face an opportunity divide: a gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. With our partners from all areas of society, we are now taking the next step in closing this gap by providing young people with access, skills and opportunities to be successful. Together we can be ‘the spark of change’.”

 

Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation, said, “Having partnered with Microsoft for more than seven years, I have seen firsthand its commitment to improving the lives of Thai youths. Thanks to Microsoft for example, our Mechai Pattana School is able to provide ICT skills and training to villagers, allowing them to improve their accounting skills, document agricultural techniques, and establish e-Commerce websites to sell their products. I am looking forward to extending the relationship with Microsoft and its partners to give youth in Thailand the opportunities they deserve.”

 

Suparerk Hongpakdee, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, said, “Improving the lives of youths is only possible if the government works together with NGOs and companies such as Microsoft. We are confident to reach the goal together. The projects that Microsoft has been executing will make a positive change, not only in the ASEAN region, but also in a global context. Technology is the most useful tool if we use it correctly and thoughtfully. It will become a big pool of knowledge and give great opportunities to our youths. On a behalf of the Ministry of Social development and Human Security of Thailand, I would like to thank every organization involved that make the YouthSpark program happen.”

 

More information

More information can be found at www.microsoft.com/youthsparkhub.



[1] Source: Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior, December 2012

 

Photos from press conference

 

Photo1

Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, led by Siriporn Pajharawat, Developer & Platform Strategy Director (middle) and Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Citizenship Thailand (far left), recently introduced four new citizenship programs in Thailand under the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, together with its local partners from government, NGOs and business sector including Suparerk Hongpakdee, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand (3rd from right); Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation (2nd from right); Kamolrat Intaratat, Executive Director of The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) (2nd from left); Srisak Thaiarry, Executive Director of National Council for Children and Youth Development Under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn (NCYD) (3rd from left); and Ajie Akhmad Wahidin, Senior Program Officer ASEAN Foundation (far right). YouthSpark is a global initiative designed to create opportunities for 300 million young people in over 100 countries over the next three years through the use of technology. The initiative aims to empower over 14 million Thai youths aged 16-30 nationwide with access to education and technology.

 

From left to right

  • Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Citizenship Thailand, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited
  • Kamolrat Intaratat, Executive Director of The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM)
  • Srisak Thaiarry, Executive Director of National Council for Children and Youth Development Under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn (NCYD)
  • Siriporn Pajharawat, Developer & Platform Strategy Director, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited
  • Suparerk Hongpakdee, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of social development and human security of Thailand
  • Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation
  • Ajie Akhmad Wahidin, Senior Program Officer ASEAN Foundation

  

Photo 2

Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, led by Siriporn Pajharawat, Developer & Platform Strategy Director (2nd from left) recently introduced YouthSpark initiative together with its partner including Suparerk Hongpakdee, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand (far left) and Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation (far right). Tarita Sathan, youth representative from Buriram Rajabhat University (2nd from right) also shares her experience from attending Innovate for Good program at the press conference.

 

Photo 3

Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, led by Siriporn Pajharawat, Developer & Platform Strategy Director (right) and Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Citizenship Thailand (left), recently introduced four new citizenship programs in Thailand under the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative together with Tarita Sathan, youth representative from Buriram Rajabhat University (Middle) 

 

Photo 4

 

Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Citizenship Thailand, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited together with

Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation recently joined the YouthSpark launch with Thai youth representatives.

  

Photos from Innovate for Good event

Photo 1

Over 100 Thai Youth from nationwide joined the Innovate for Good event that held during April 19-20, 2013

 

Photo 2, 3

 

Thai youth shares creative idea among groups.

 

Photo 4

Mentor from National Council for Children and Youth Development Under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn (NCYD) gives recommendation to Thai youth joining the Innovative for Good event

  

Photo 5

Thai youth are brainstorming for great project ideas for their local communities at the Innovative for Good event.

 About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Established in 1993, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited provides world-class software that is easy to use and localized to suit the local market’s needs. It also has a compelling and consistent platform to build powerful business solutions that can scale from a notebook computer to a mainframe – class multiprocessor systems using Microsoft technology. For further information, information, please visit the Microsoft (Thailand) website at: http://www.microsoft.com/thailand.

 

Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and / or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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For further information, (press) please contact:

Pornravee Suramool or Panithida Phongphaew

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Thailand

Tel: 0-2627-3501 ext. 110, 106 or 081-735-9213, 081-812-9381

E-mail: psuramool@hkstrategies.com, pphongphaew@hkstrategies.com

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