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Community Empowerment Based on Social Capital in the Deep South

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus, have discussed ways to empower local communities in the southern border provinces based on the use of social capital and local culture.

 

SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon on 4 May 2021 led a group of officials to hold a meeting with Assoc. Prof. Imjit Lertpongsombat, Vice President of Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus. Also joining the meeting was Asst. Prof. Dr. Pornpawee Pumkerd, Director of the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Cultural Studies.

 

The group from SBPAC was given a briefing on the operations of the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Cultural Studies, which plays an important role in collecting information about social capital and local culture of the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat.

 

The information also includes history, ancient civilization, Buddhist, Muslim, and Chinese ways of life, and minority groups living in this multicultural society for a long time.

 

They also discussed distinctive identities in each locality, such as handwoven cloth (Lima cloth), Chabang Tiko bronzeware, community tourism management at Yarang Ancient Town, and the raising of sea crab in Yaring district, Pattani province.

 

The objective of empowering local communities in the deep South based on social capital and local culture is to generate employment and upgrade the people’s quality of life in the deep South of Thailand.

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department

 

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