In a significant initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for the elderly population, Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, the Mayor of Hua Hin in Prachuap Province, Thailand, recently inaugurated the launch of the 6th generation of the “Vi’lai Waiwan School for the Elderly.” The opening ceremony, which took place at the Hua Hin Municipality Office meeting room, witnessed the presence of over 150 elderly individuals from the Hua Hin Municipality. This project, organized by the Social Welfare Division of Hua Hin Municipality, focuses on equipping senior citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure their physical and mental well-being.
Mr. Nopporn emphasized the importance of enhancing the quality of life for the elderly through various means, including exercise programs, which aim to strengthen both their physical and mental health. The project’s primary goal is to instill a sense of value and pride among the elderly while unlocking their potential. This is achieved through encouraging them to explore career opportunities, offering vocational training, imparting knowledge on their rights under the law, and providing education on topics such as narcotic drugs. Additionally, the initiative aims to create a platform for seniors to showcase their talents and abilities, ultimately reducing issues such as depression, isolation, and confinement.
The Vi’lai Waiwan School for the Elderly has a history of success, having gone through five previous generations. Classes for this 6th generation are scheduled to be held on the last Friday of each month, with the first class commencing on November 24th and running for a duration of eight weeks. At the conclusion of the program, a certificate ceremony will be held to recognize the achievements of all participants. To kick off the school’s activities, participants will be taught how to craft environmentally-friendly krathongs from corn snacks. These krathongs are designed to be eco-friendly and will not harm the environment. This practical skill will enable all students to actively participate in the upcoming Loy Krathong Day, further strengthening bonds and unity within the community.
The Vi’lai Waiwan School for the Elderly continues to serve as a beacon of empowerment for senior citizens in Hua Hin, offering them the tools and knowledge necessary to lead fulfilling lives, while fostering a sense of camaraderie and love among the elderly population. The 6th generation of this initiative is poised to build upon the successes of its predecessors, ensuring that senior citizens in Hua Hin enjoy the respect, dignity, and support they deserve.