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GSEF Talk - ‘Is Education Effective in Tackling Collective Corruption in Thailand?’

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ABSTRACT

A major poll taken just before the last Thailand general election in July indicated that 62% of those polled supported corruption as long as they too would benefit. This is known as collective corruption in which all those involved profit. They are trapped in a social ‘black hole’.

Only a major change in the social mindset by means of educational reform has any hope of tackling this wicked status quo. Ruling politicians are not interested in such change. Social upheaval is likely to precede it, but political manoeuvring will prolong it. What is even worse is that there is no guarantee of proper social reform after such an upheaval. What is needed is nothing short of a miracle!

This lecture aims to provide a complete blue print of effective educational reform that will wipe out collective corruption and in addition will advise how to prevent such a blue print being scrapped by corrupt politicians.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Virachai is the Founder and Chairman of The Regent’s Schools (Thailand and UK) and has served as the Consul General a.h. of the Republic of Estonia in Thailand since 1998, and as the Board Director of the World Federation of Consuls since 2007.

Prior to that, Dr. Virachai used to serve as Chairman of the World Federation of Consuls’ Education Committee (2007-2010); Advisor of Thailand’s Senate Committee on Education (2003-2006); Vice President of the International Schools Association of Thailand (2003-2005); National Chairman of ASEAN -U.S. Business Council (1990-2003); Advisor to the Thai Prime Minister on Economic and International Affairs (1996-1997), among several other roles.

(www.regents.ac.th)

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