Catholic Education: Educational Opportunity For Children Of Migrant Workers In Thailand

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Sarawin Patsriruang
Prapatsorn Somsathan


The purpose of this article is to promote awareness of the educational teachings of the Catholic Church, and urge Catholic education institutions in Thailand to realize the important mission of ministry and social development by providing opportunities for the children of migrant workers. Moreover, these religious organizations must be reminded of their purpose and duty. The findings of the study reinforce the resolution that Catholic Church educational teachings are explicitly for all mankind; no matter race or status. All have rights to be educated in a Catholic school. The primary objective of educational management is to serve the underprivileged and destitute people. The Catholic school can perform its duty completely and also evince faith to be harmonious with life and follow the spirit of love. In a way, it’s a kind of returning to the essence of religious intention, and simultaneously, it is a process to develop religious organization and personnel as well.

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Patsriruang, S., & Somsathan, P. (2022). Catholic Education: Educational Opportunity For Children Of Migrant Workers In Thailand. Saengtham College Journal, 14(2), 5–24. Retrieved from
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