The Thai Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) has recognized the importance of school students who are eager to learn new things and take part in creative activities. With hidden potentials, they can also encourage their friends and families to provide continuing supports to several productive ideas and practices. In 2003, the Thai FDA initiated its ‘Oryor Noi’ project to promote the power of the new generation, especially in providing further knowledge on quality consumption. Focusing on young students nationwide, the Thai FDA invited several central and provincial agencies under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education, to participate in the project as part of a strategy to disseminate accurate knowledge and promote the desired objectives of the project that were expected to foster greater consumer awareness and perception towards safe and sanitary consumption.
The Oryor Noi project has been developed to encourage schoolchildren to obtain a broader range of skills and abilities from actual activity-based practices leading to the successful attainment of quality living. The selected students will be trained on test kits for example, tests of borax or formalin contamination. Meanwhile, the sharing of knowledge can be conducted through many effective channels, such as the arrangement of exhibition boards, announcements via public address systems, the delivery of school-based speeches, and the promotion of walk rally activities. Besides, there is a remarkable knowledge-sharing activity requiring the collaboration of secondary students and primary schoolchildren. This activity is developed to foster mutual learning among children at different ages.
According to the evaluation, this notable project unveils several positive results, in which devoted students, teachers, and other people participated in the aforementioned activities are expected to gain the highest benefit from the implementation. Dominant outcomes following the achievement of the project can be explained below:
During 2004-2009, young students across the country were encouraged to be more enthusiastic by holding the National Oryor Noi Contest.
In 2005, a memorandum of understanding on food safety in school was signed by the Thai FDA, the Medical Science Department, the Health Department, and the Office of the Basic Education Commission under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.
In 2006, the target of members was expanded to students from vocational schools as well as younger schoolchildren from primary and kindergarten levels, conforming to new projects titled ‘Oryor Noi Vocational Students’ and ‘Oryor Noi Sisters and Brothers’.
In 2010, the assessment standard of schools, has initiated, selected to participate in the project was upgraded to four levels, varying from fair, good, very good, and excellent. In this year, the Thai FDA developed lesson plans, which can be categorized into three main levels including primary, junior high school, and senior high school.
In 2012, the Thai FDA offered its firm support to the establishment of health information centers in selected schools aiming to encourage effective reporting of information ready for inspection and verification. The health information centers were expected to foster safe consumption habits among young students.
In 2013, the Thai FDA introduced the project’s theme song titled ‘Oryor Noi Checking, which served as a communication tool to promote proactive activities to both government and business sectors.
In 2014, a brand-new quarterly journal named ‘From Friends to Friends’ was published to encourage the exchange of information among project members.
In 2016, the Thai FDA has promoted its development program for regional networks with the presentation of the Community Network Award to public health agencies and local administration offices for offering their continuing support to this remarkable project. This year, the Oryor Noi project is featured as part of the ‘Minimize Studying Hours, Maximize Greater Knowledge’ project launched by the government, in which lesson plans developed for primary and secondary school students will be used as major guidelines for the implementation of activities.
In conclusion, according to the overall implementation, a large number of schoolchildren, teachers, and members of the community have realized the importance of this knowledge-based project, while remaining firm in promoting project-related activities aiming to ensure greater development of quality health products as well as desirable consumption knowledge.