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Over 33 per cent of children are ‘disadvantaged’

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Over 33 per cent of children are ‘disadvantaged’

By The Nation

 

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MORE THAN one in three children in Thailand are in disadvantaged groups, Mental Health Department’s director-general, Dr Squadron-Leader Boonruang Triruangworawat said yesterday.

 

“Of 13.82 million children [below 18 years of age], at least 5 million are underprivileged,” Boonruang said. 

 

He said 80 per cent of underprivileged children were financially poor and about six per cent were from multi-ethnic groups and without rights to state-provided healthcare services. 

 

Agencies that extended medical services to these children would have to foot the bill themselves, he pointed out. The not-too flattering figures were released a day ahead of National Children’s Day, which will be celebrated across the country today. Every year, Thailand celebrates Children’s Day on the second Saturday of January.

 

Boonruang also disclosed that up to 220,842 children in Thailand had intellectual disabilities or autism. 

 

He added that just 5.59 per cent of the multi-ethnic children and those who were intellectually challenged could access healthcare services. 

“Of them, just 25.33 per cent have had access to education,” he said. 

 

Boonruang said their lack of opportunities also hurt the country, depriving it of otherwise quality human resources. 

 

He said his department had implemented a project to develop a healthcare system for intellectually challenged children between 2013 and 2015. During the period, the project found that about 91.4 per cent of intellectually challenged students had oral-health problems in 2014.

“In 2015, the percentage of those having oral-health problems dropped sharply to 90.7,” he said. 

 

Rajanukul Institute director Amporn Benjaponpitak said it was necessary to develop children because they were the foundation of the country. “We need to do more to address children’s problems,” she said. She also lamented that inequalities still prevailed in children’s care. 

 

“So, it’s best to start promoting equality today,” Amporn said. 

 

Boonruang said that this year his agency would take an integrated approach in ensuring that children with intellectual disabilities gain access to healthcare support. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336123

 

 
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17 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

"So, it’s best to start promoting equality today,” Amporn said. 

 

"Let's give them all a Richard Mille watch, maybe then they'll feel more equal!"

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"Multi Ethnic" is no doubt code speak for "hill tribe".
It is a disgrace that so many hill tribe children have little or no access to health or education provision. Many of them come from communities that have lived in Thailand for generations, yet have never been recognised or given nationality, and with it those all important documents which allows such access.

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5 minutes ago, JAG said:

"Multi Ethnic" is no doubt code speak for "hill tribe".
It is a disgrace that so many hill tribe children have little or no access to health or education provision. Many of them come from communities that have lived in Thailand for generations, yet have never been recognised or given nationality, and with it those all important documents which allows such access.

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Do the hilltribes also pay tax?

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I agree with the 6 percent that do not have rights due to their statelessness. I'm not seeing the 80 percent underprivileged story though. on the grand scale of things thai children are well cared for. Low income yes. Poor and underprivileged  no. 

All thai children have access to free healthcare, free education, all books, uniforms and school lunch is free. School milk is free. There are plenty of government housing projects and anyone can go to the temple at 11 o'clock everyday to recieve free food.  All have food, clothing and shelter. In fact thailand now has a problem with obese children from being fed too much. 

There are a lot of abandoned and abused kids. That is a bad parenting issue. 

We can't all have a Mercedes benz.

 

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6 minutes ago, JAG said:

"Multi Ethnic" is no doubt code speak for "hill tribe".
It is a disgrace that so many hill tribe children have little or no access to health or education provision. Many of them come from communities that have lived in Thailand for generations, yet have never been recognised or given nationality, and with it those all important documents which allows such access.

Most hill-tribe people have been given Thai Nationality and the hilltribe villages do have free Schools and health care , most of the stateless people are those whose Parents fled from neighboring Countries and the cildren (now adults) have no proof of being born in Thailand .

   If people can prove that they were born in Thailand and went to school there and lived all their life there, they usually get given Thai I.D

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2 minutes ago, Thian said:

Do the hilltribes also pay tax?

 Do the vendors at the market in the city you live in?  Do any children pay tax? 

 

Do you think anyone who is classified as disadvantage in a country with an average income of $500 pay tax?

 

The question you should be asking is How do I stay alive when I have no heart?

 

 

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2 minutes ago, greenchair said:

I agree with the 6 percent that do not have rights due to their statelessness. I'm not seeing the 80 percent underprivileged story though. on the grand scale of things thai children are well cared for. Low income yes. Poor and underprivileged  no. 

All thai children have access to free healthcare, free education, all books, uniforms and school lunch is free. School milk is free. There are plenty of government housing projects and anyone can go to the temple at 11 o'clock everyday to recieve free food.  All have food, clothing and shelter. In fact thailand now has a problem with obese children from being fed too much. 

There are a lot of abandoned and abused kids. That is a bad parenting issue. 

We can't all have a Mercedes benz.

 

 

Do you ever leave your privileged expat compound and walk amongst the villagers?  

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26 minutes ago, Thian said:

Do the hilltribes also pay tax?

Do you think that poor hill tribe kids should not be given an education, healthcare , running water and basic to survive because their parents do not have jobs that pay taxes ?

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38 minutes ago, sanemax said:

Most hill-tribe people have been given Thai Nationality and the hilltribe villages do have free Schools and health care , most of the stateless people are those whose Parents fled from neighboring Countries and the cildren (now adults) have no proof of being born in Thailand .

   If people can prove that they were born in Thailand and went to school there and lived all their life there, they usually get given Thai I.D

There is little hope among the stateless people in Thailand (estimated to be 3.5 million), as the few legal rights they have are not understood, and new laws intended to smooth the pathway to Thai citizenship are never truly implemented. Corruption and discrimination within Thai governmental district offices create further blockades. Racism and prejudice also run rampant within the admissions offices of schools and institutions of higher education. Enrollment forms demand Thai nationality IDs, even though laws have passed supposedly granting access to all. 

Due to their statelessness, children are denied entrance into classrooms and are unable to receive a K-12 formal education. Even those whose parents enroll them into “free” schools operated by non-governmental organizations do not ordinarily make it far in their education. They are often removed from school around third or fourth grade by their parents, who either put them to work or sell them. Most parents do not recognize the importance of education, since their children, due to statelessness, will never be able to work legally or go to college, even with a high school diploma. Access to a college education is an impossibility. 

http://www.thethailandproject.org/who-we-help-stateless

3.5 million people, that is a lot of people to ignore and they don t seem to be going away. If you have been to the far north or far west you realize they are here only to be exploited.

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10 minutes ago, greatwhitenorth said:

Due to their statelessness, children are denied entrance into classrooms and are unable to receive a K-12 formal education.

That isnt correct .

Stateless Children have the legal right to remain in Thailand and they are legally required to enroll and attend Schools up until 16 years old , upon completion of schooling and with proof of being born in Thailand, they would them be eligible to apply for and to receive Thai I.D and citizenship and therefore be able to attend higher education

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So that means 67% are "advantaged"!

Heck! That's even better than the "glass half full"; "glass half empty" analogy.

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2 minutes ago, sanemax said:

That isnt correct .

Stateless Children have the legal right to remain in Thailand and they are legally required to enroll and attend Schools up until 16 years old , upon completion of schooling and with proof of being born in Thailand, they would them be eligible to apply for and to receive Thai I.D and citizenship and therefore be able to attend higher education

Yes it is.

 

You should probably let them know that and the NGO's that are there helping them. Having a legal right and being able to exercise it are two different things.  

 

The other thing is that being stateless and being able to prove that you are born in Thailand are mutually exclusive.  

 

 

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1 minute ago, greatwhitenorth said:

Yes it is.

You should probably let them know that and the NGO's that are there helping them. Having a legal right and being able to exercise it are two different things.  

The other thing is that being stateless and being able to prove that you are born in Thailand are mutually exclusive.  

 

I do have stateless family members living in villages in the north and the three stateless kids are all in School and the other older one , who was stateless , received Thai I.D when he turned 16 .

   These days , all kids born in Thailand get issued with Birth certificates , showing Thailand as birth place . 

   Previously , many of the kids, now adults , were born on the living room floor with just the local midwife in assistance and the births were not officially registered, hence they cannot prove that they were born in Thailand .

   Prayruth recently announced that all stateless kids will be given Thai I.D and statelessness in Thailand will end in the future

   

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2 hours ago, Thian said:

Do the hilltribes also pay tax?

John, Chapter 11, Verse 35

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