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Songphon Phoukert (20)

Songphon Phoukert

Host Organisation: Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB) – Bangkok

 “The beginning is always today.”

Currently, I am a third year student in Southeast Asian Studies, Thammasat University. I am grateful to have been given this great opportunity to join Saphan Siang program. ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will soon be a reality. However, economic cooperation is only one of three ASEAN’s foundational pillars. Another one is the promotion of Socio-Cultural Community, of which most people are not aware. Not only have I been interested in migrant worker issues, I also have great passion for statelessness issue for a long time. I think if these people were allowed to have their own media channels, they would be able to express their identity and voice in the social sphere. I’m very much attracted by the prospect of being able to interact with migrant community while in the programme. I believe that my opportunity has arisen! Being placed with Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB), I will hopefully be able to make this dream come true! Not only will I be able to help migrant workers, but I think I will also learn a lot of joining the host organisation.



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