Bangkok, Thailand, 31 August 2017 -- From 30th to 31st August, it was held in THA Provincial House a training course led by Mr. Alberto Alves Piedade, Councilor GEX for Asia and Mr. Angel Gudiña, Vicepresident GEX of the World Confederation of Past Pupils (GEX standing for Giovani Exallievi, Young Past Pupils). The meeting was strongly supported by Fr. John Bosco Theparat, Provincial and Fr. Louis Ponchit, Delegate for the Past Pupils.
The training course counted on the presence of Dr. Wanlop Chiaravanont, President and Mr. Wichai Srisura, Secretary General of the Thai Federation, and with representatives from Local Unions and other Salesian Presences with non-active Alumni. This event was organized upon request of Fr. Provincial when he attended the new provincials training course in Rome.
On 30th August Mr. Piedade started explaining the concept of GEX and his coordination strategy for the period 2016-2021, and some of the most important initiatives, such as School of Leaders for Asia, Youth Exchange Programme and Volunteering Programme. Mr. Gudiña continued with a detailed explanation of the World Statute, that was updated in 2015 in the General Assembly. The afternoon session was focused on the business platform, in which the Thai Federation, has a great experience and a lot of knowledge to share with other Federations.
On 31st August the session started with the Presentation of the Strategic Plan of the World Confederation (easy to find in the website www.exallievi.org) and the seven priorities for the period 2017. Both councilors detailed the highlights of this plans, explaining some of the flagship initiatives that the World Presidency is preparing. The second part of the session was focused on communication, and the tools and strategies that World Presidency is trying to put in place to increase communication and synergy between Federations all around the world.
The meeting was concluded with a reflection session to start preparing the Thai Strategic Plan and to increase the activities at national level, counting on the support of the Province. Both speakers and participants were very happy at the conclusion of the meeting, as it was very encouraging experience for the growth of the Association in Thailand.