Prem International School Chiang Mai shortlisted for prestigious, global award

 | Thu 3 Dec 2020 10:56 ICT

The finalists for the prestigious 2021 International Schools Awards have been announced and Chiang Mai’s Prem international school has had their Artist Residency Thailand programme shortlisted in the ‘international impact’ category.

From nearly three hundred entries from sixty-two countries, Prem is one of only three schools selected in this category from what the award body described as, ‘an unprecedented number of ‘high-quality’ applications’. The eleven renowned judges shortlisted initiatives that had a ‘clear, positive impact within their locality and on a global scale and that Included strategies that could be shared beyond the wider school community’.

The programme pumps ‘creativity’ into the lifeblood of the community, giving the voice, approaches and ideas of artists and Creative Practitioners an essential role in the delivery of the school’s curriculum and extra-curricular programmes. This helps students to develop the vital ‘creative’ and ‘critical-thinking’ skills that are being demanded by top universities and sought after by big-business.

Jane Bryant, former CEO of Artswork, the Youth Arts Development agency founded by Sir Ken Robinson described ARThailand as “an extraordinary programme that serves as an international model for Creative Practice and Educational Development”

Former participant and Game of Thrones Star Miltos Yerolemou stated “This programme is unique and is one of the things that makes Prem so special and makes the artist and explorer in me, want to keep on returning”

Prem’s Creative Director and founder of the ARThailand initiative Alex Soulsby stated “Our excellent academic offers ensures that our students have all of the necessary skills to build a successful life, but it is through creative engagement and programmes like this, that we help our students develop the skills to live a successful life”

The International School Awards are hosted by ISC Research with the support of International School Leader Magazine. Winners will be announced and recognised at a virtual awards ceremony on Monday 18th January 2021.

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