Mainly for kids
The last in a series of short, easy stories on His Majesty the King aimed at children.
The hardest worker
The main reason that Thai people love their King so much is that he has spent so much of his time working for them. During his 60 years on the throne, he has been just about everywhere in Thailand helping people, especially in faraway areas that you can only reach by walking.
His Majesty has been especially interested in helping his people have a good environment to live in. This means keeping Thailand's forests, fields, and farmlands healthy and ensuring there is enough water at all times. And when there is too much water, it means keeping it under control so that it doesn't flood the countryside. Indeed, the Thai King is one of the world's experts on water management.
It was interesting to watch His Majesty work. When he travelled to faraway areas of the country, he always liked to carry maps with him. Many of the maps he made himself. His used different kinds of maps — the ordinary flat maps we use, of course, but he also used aerial maps and photos taken from planes, helicopters and even satellites. That way he could see exactly where the forests, rivers and fields were and he could see if the environment was being damaged. He was very organised and kept detailed records on every place he visited. He also took photos everywhere he went. As a result, he often knew more about an area than the people who lived there.
Wherever he went, the King liked to talk to ordinary people. He asked them many questions about their problems and he gave them advice on how to solve them. More than that, His Majesty has sponsored hundreds and hundreds of projects helping people to help themselves.
One of the most important ideas he has given to the people living in the countryside is how to use their land correctly. He suggests they divide it into different parts, some for rice farming, some for a fish pond, some for growing fruit trees and the rest for their house, a vegetable garden and for their animals. That way they can always have what they need and they can sell anything extra they produce.
His Majesty is also very interested in education, especially for children who are far away from the good city schools. He helped begin a distance education programme using television. Every day Thai students can see real lessons from a school next to his palace in Hua Hin. In the past, His Majesty even taught some lucky students from that school himself. Would you like to be in his class?
You can read part 1 here: http://bit.ly/e56znW
You can read part 2 here: http://bit.ly/fbNK0M
You can read part 3 here: http://bit.ly/gTiKOl
on the throne – having the position of being the King
environment – the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done รับรอง ให้ความมั่นใจ
expert – someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
ordinary – not unusual or different in any way ธรรมดา, ปกติ
aerial – (of a photograph) from a plane ภาพถ่ายทางอากาศ
satellite – an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information ดาวเทียม
exactly – in every way, or in every detail อย่างแม่นยำ, ตรง
detailed – in a very thorough way and with careful attention to facts อย่างพิถีพิถัน
record – a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future บันทึก
sponsor – to support a person, organization or activity by giving money, encouragement or other help อุปถัมภ์, สนับสนุน
pond – a small area of still water, especially one that is artificial บ่อน้ำ, สระน้ำ
extra – more than is usual, expected, or than exists already เหนือกว่า