The electricity generation mission has placed EGAT in direct contact with communities close to our operations. EGAT conducts operation with special care for their communities and the environment. Approaches of systematic and sustainable community supports were implemented to promote higher level of well-being of life in the communities so that they can become self-reliant.
Education and Culture
EGAT has realized that education and culture are foundations for social and economic development. EGAT has contributed to the promotion and support of education at all levels while engaging in actions to improve the quality of and access to education as well as helping to conserve and protect cultural heritage, especially on which EGAT’s operation activities have an impact.
Upgrading the Green Learning Room to Green School Project
This was a continuation of the collaborative project launched by EGAT and the Office of the Basic Education Commission to promote the founding of 426 model schools for energy conservation. EGAT’s initial support put an emphasis on the development of learning media and a transfer of knowledge on electricity saving to students and teachers. Model schools for energy saving were established and their energy conservation achievements were shared among their member schools in the network. Students were encouraged and trained on creative thinking and communication skills about energy saving. They learned to present energy-saving information in different formats of discussion group, talk show, Likay and folk songs. Students in model green learning schools set good examples and shared their knowledge with other students so that they could put them to practice. EGAT also participated in a campaign to raise the national awareness on energy saving and efficient electricity consumption.
Also embracing the motto of “Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults” and recognizing the importance of youth as the country’s invaluable human resources, EGAT aimed to raise proper public awareness on energy consumption. The green learning room project originally focusing on energy and environmental conservation has been expanded to include energy and environmental conservation. A total of 54 schools met EGAT’s standard criteria and achieved the Green School standards between 2009 and 2011.
Supporting Tor Saeng Tor Yod (Experience Transfer) Camp with RTG scholarship grantees in the United Kingdom
2011 was the second year of this collaborative project between EGAT and the Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC). The Royal Thai Government scholarship grantees in the United Kingdom, who returned home over school breaks, were invited to participate in an educational camp to improve educational potential and proficiency of secondary students. RTG scholarship grantees shared their educational experiences and expertise in science, English and mathematics through interesting and entertaining activities with secondary students. Both parties benefited from the project; RTG scholarship grantees could make social contribution and form a Thai-style ‘junior-senior’ network of friendship and unity with younger students.
In 2011, the Tor Saeng Tor Yod Camp was held at Srinagarind dam in Kanchanaburi Province. It was participated by 70 students and a group of observer teachers. This project provided educational opportunities to the young school students in remote areas who lacked access to tutoring schools in large cities. The camp offered a valuable opportunity for these students to absorb and apply what they have learned to their future educational choices.
EGAT’s Scholarship for Youth Project
This is one of the projects organized to promote volunteering spirit among EGAT employees through the granting of scholarships to needy students at secondary and high school levels. This project was launched in 2004 and has, to the present day, supported a total of 164 students. In 2011, a scholarship presentation ceremony was held in the Thai-Burmese border district of Wiang Haeng in Chiang Mai province.
Cultural heritage preservation project at Si Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun Province
This was a collaborative project between EGAT and the Fine Arts Department, the Ministry of Culture with an objective to preserve the Thai cultural heritages under the royal initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The restoration project of Si Thep Historical Park has been carried out by the Fine Arts Department’s specialists in historic buildings. The project contributed to the preservation of cultural heritages so that the future generations as well as interested persons could learn about Thailand’s history, ethnicity and culture. It also made significant contribution to the promotion of Thailand’s cultural tourism. EGAT provided a financial support of 8,800,000 baht to this restoration effort.
Wealth and Income Creation
EGAT’s biological way of life for sustainable development project
This scheme was conceived under the royal initiative of Her Majesty the Queen to reduce chemicals and toxics use in the agricultural sector and to increase agriculturalists’ income by cutting down on the expenses for these products. Reduction of chemicals and toxics use also mitigated environmental problems and risks to agriculturalists’ health. In the long run, this scheme will greatly contribute to the protection of consumers through improvement in the quality and safety of agricultural products.
To achieve the project’s goal, EGAT joined the Office of the National Vocational Education Commission for the selection of 99 vocational and agricultural colleges as the model institutes and learning centers for the biological way of life for sustainable development scheme. Model institutes further disseminated knowledge and encouraged agriculturalists to adopt the biological way of life. At present, a large number of agriculturalists and model communities have benefited from the scheme and have combined it with local wisdom and local technologies to successfully improve their livelihood. Local farmers’ groups had shared their biological way of life knowledge among themselves and disseminated the knowledge to other agricultural communities.
EGAT’s operations have always been closely related to rural communities and their livelihood from the construction survey to the construction of power plants and transmission lines as well the electricity generating activities. It is, therefore, one of EGAT’s policies to “become part of the community wherever we operate”. This policy is implemented through EGAT’s hiring of local people and procuring materials and equipment from local suppliers. Such practices generate revolving income among local communities.
Over the past 30 years, EGAT has supported numerous public construction projects such as transportation routes, religious buildings, schools, and primary health care centers in deprived areas. EGAT has also supported the construction and maintenance of a large number of communal properties such as Suan Luang Rama IX Public Park, Phuttamondhon Park, and Rama V Garden.
EGAT has also been committed to the responsibility of developing basic public utilities that are unavailable in the communities close to our regional operation departments. These utilities are generally constructed at the same time with the construction of EGAT’s facilities. EGAT continues to monitor positive as well as negative development outcomes of these projects after the completion of the power plants and transmission lines by promoting the establishment of local cooperatives and providing assistance funds for people affected from our operations. Such social investment has made significant improvement on the well-being of life of local people.