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Meet the outspoken Thammasat graduate who won a prestigious scholarship to study abroad; she has very definite ideas on how we might reform our education system, but can she get anyone to listen?

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Recalling her nervousness six years ago when she was granted an audience with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn prior to her departure for the UK, Rattana Lao, recipient of an Ananda Mahidol Scholarship, said she was trembling as she listened to the instructions from a palace official: walk slowly, gently and calmly. 


"Education," the Princess said with a smile. "You are interested in 'education and development'? Education for whom? Development for whom? If you were to educate my friends' children, they would need a British nanny so they could have a British accent. But if you educate my children in the far North, in the borders [of Thailand] and in jail, education for my children is basic literacy and numeracy."

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