Creating a Solar Generation

Over the past two years, our community has increasingly focused on ways in which we can become more sustainable, adopting practices that help us reduce consumption, support the environment and conserve resources. This led to the creation of SustainableNIST, a committee comprised of not only faculty, but also students and parents, which has initiated numerous projects to raise awareness within our community and drive change.

This drive to become more conscious global citizens and responsible members of our communities has aligned to the similar evolution of our curriculum, and our service programmes in particular. NIST service groups are student-initiated and student-driven, and they reflect a wide range of interests all joined by a common goal: enriching the lives of others.

One such group, Solar Generation, formed this school year and has already made an impact within a few short months. Their passion for shifting our community to sustainable energy sources has led to the installation of our first solar panels on the roof of our Creative Arts Building. As we begin to track energy savings provided by this, we will further expand the project by donating the equivalent amount of the savings back to the group, hopefully leading our school to be entirely self-sustainable within the coming years.

Learn more about Solar Generation in their own words:

NIST is located in the heart of Bangkok, a diverse community in such a concentrated urban area. In this vast sea of different beliefs and culture, we all share four main values: integrity, caring, community and growth. NIST is an active hub of development and has continually spearheaded projects in different communities. In school, we are educated about issues that undermine global development.

However, as a small group of friends who grew up in a metropolitan environment, we never got to experience these matters firsthand. Last year we visited Knapor, a small rural Cambodian village on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Although it may seem like a Cambodian tourist sight, the citizens of the village currently struggle with access to basic necessities like energy, education and transportation. Our initial intentions were to work on other projects; however, after witnessing the prevalence of these issues, we wanted to take the opportunity to make a difference.

As we thought about how to start an initiative that would lead to global impact, we realized that such large-scale changes are produced over time. Considering that our aspirations resonated with our NIST community values, we decided to instead start working toward urban sustainability in a community closest to us: our school. Our plan was able to raise capital and secure subsidies for 80 PV solar panels. In installing these panels at NIST, we also provide many educational opportunities for students considering study in a related field or are simply interested in sustainability, which may inspire and lead to similar projects in the future.

As pioneers for a sustainable future, we aim to expand our project within our campus and beyond. We have future prospects for transforming the Knapor community, the NIST community and the Bangkok community into a solar driven area. We hope others follow us in working toward a Solar Generation.

Ainesh, Pete, Prize & Punn (Year 13)

Game of Thrones Star Joins Global Goals World Cup at NIST

Thailand may remain tropical, but at least for a few hours in late September, the cool touch of winter arrived. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, widely recognized as Jamie Lannister on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, served as a referee for the Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) here at NIST, home to Chelsea FC International Development Centre Bangkok.

A collaboration between Eir Soccer and the UN Development Program (UNDP), the GGWCup aims to create a new kind of sport tournament for women, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a catalyst to merge football, advocacy and culture. By choosing and championing one of the goals, each team of women helps build awareness and contribute toward the achievement of the goals.

As a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and avid football enthusiast, Coster-Waldau has supported the GGWCup from the beginning, first in New York and Nairobi, and now in Bangkok, where the tournament was sponsored by PANDORA. While his efforts as an official ambassador focus on gender equality and climate change, he sees his role as shining a light on the work that others do to work toward all of the goals. This aligns to the philosophy of the GGWCup.

Co-founder Majken Gilmartin believes that “sport has a unique power to unite all kinds of people around the common goal of making the world better. This work with Chelsea, NIST and UNDP is a perfect example of the kinds of innovative alliances that are needed in order to accelerate progress towards sustainable development”.

In a world that increasingly sees nations and communities becoming more diverse, defined more often by their many differences than their commonalities, it’s rare to find a shared vision and values that tie people together. The prevalence of this diversity makes the SDGs all the more remarkable. Building on basic aims such as the eradication of poverty, reduction of inequality and creation of clean energy, the goals provide a framework for the future that nearly all can agree upon and work toward.

This is particularly important in Thailand, where the UNDP’s work faces numerous challenges common across Asia, including a rapidly growing population, high consumption of resources and high levels of inequality. Bridging diverse communities to build shared support for the SDGs is crucial to their success.

At NIST we welcome families who represent nearly 60 nationalities and come from a wide range of backgrounds, languages and cultures. Bridging this rich diversity are our community’s core values, closely linked to those of the UN, and a shared commitment to the SDGs. The strong commitment to achieving the goals is firmly entrenched our mission and programmes.

By fusing education, community engagement and service, NIST has created a unique learning model that has been recognized globally, including through the contributions of alumni such as Praya Lundberg, a UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador. During his time at the school, both in an earlier visit and during the event, Coster-Waldau acknowledged the success of NIST’s approach: “I have to say, this is probably the most impressive school I have ever seen…very inspiring”.

Looking to the future, collaborations such as this will be essential to identifying sustainable solutions that will move us all toward the accomplishment of the SDGs. Organizations such as the UNDP, Eir Soccer, NIST, Chelsea FC and PANDORA have served as pioneers, striving to make a positive impact in their communities and empower others. And the GGWCup? It will return to Bangkok, and will continue to expand to cities on every continent as it unites people to work toward a shared vision of a better world.

During the GGWCup, Coster-Waldau sat down with the Falcons News team to talk about Game of Thrones, his role as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and his experiences in Thailand.

เตรียมพบกับนักแสดงจาก Game of Thrones เดินทางมา NIST เพื่อร่วมโครงการ GGW Cup เร็วๆ นี้

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau หรือเป็นที่รู้จักดีในวงการบันเทิงในนามของ Jamie Lannister จากซีรีส์ Game of Thrones จะเข้าร่วม Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) ในฐานะผู้ตัดสินกิตติมศักดิ์ที่โรงเรียนนานาชาตินิสท์ กรุงเทพฯ ซึ่งเป็นที่ตั้งของ Chelsea FC Soccer School Bangkok ในวันที่ 30 กันยายนนี้

กิจกรรมดังกล่าวถือเป็นความร่วมมือกันระหว่าง Eir Soccer และโครงการพัฒนาแห่งสหประชาชาติ (UNDP) โดย GGWCup มีหน้าที่ช่วยปลุกจิตสำนึกให้กับชุมนุมเพื่อสนับสนุนเป้าหมายการพัฒนาอย่างยั่งยืนของสหประชาชาติผ่านกิจกรรมฟุตบอลระดับโลกมากมาย ในระหว่างการแข่งขัน ทีมเยาวชนหญิงและทีมหญิงจะร่วมแข่งขันฟุตบอลโดยมีวัตถุประสงค์เพื่อสร้างจิตสำนึกในการตระหนักถึงผลกระทบที่เกิดขึ้นจากความยากจน ความไม่เสมอภาคและการเปลี่ยนแปลงสภาพภูมิอากาศรวมถึงการสนับสนุนความก้าวหน้าในการพัฒนาที่ยั่งยืนทั่วโลก

ถึงแม้ในปัจจุบันจะมีวิทยาการมากมายที่ได้ถูกนำมาใช้ในการแก้ไขปัญหาความยากจนความขัดแย้งและการทุจริต ผู้หญิงและเด็ก ๆ ในหลายประเทศยังคงเผชิญกับความไม่เท่าเทียมในฐานะทางสังคมและความเป็นอยู่ การล่วงละเมิดทางร่างกายและทางอารมณ์ การใช้ความรุนแรง การแบ่งแยกชนชั้นและการขาดโอกาสทางสังคม นอกจากนี้ยังเป็นกลุ่มประชากรที่มีโอกาสเสี่ยงสูงที่จะได้รับผลกระทบจากการเปลี่ยนแปลงสภาพภูมิอากาศมากที่สุด

“การเสริมสร้างพลังอำนาจของสตรีในแถบเอเชียและแปซิฟิกถือว่ามีความสำคัญต่อการพัฒนาในระดับภูมิภาคและเพื่อให้บรรลุในเป้าหมายของการพัฒนาที่ยั่งยืน” Haoliang Xu ผู้ช่วยเลขาธิการ UNDP และผู้อำนวยการสำนักภูมิภาคเอเชียและแปซิฟิกกล่าว

“ในประเทศไทยการประกาศใช้พระราชบัญญัติความเท่าเทียมทางเพศในปี 2015 นับเป็นก้าวสำคัญในการเสริมสร้างพลังอำนาจ การมีส่วนร่วมและการคุ้มครองสตรีรวมไปถึงความสามารถของพวกเขาในการมีส่วนร่วมเพื่อให้บรรลุเป้าหมายของการพัฒนาที่ยั่งยืน” Haoliang Xu ได้กล่าวเพิ่มเติม

Coster-Waldau และ UNDP มีเป้าหมายร่วมกันในส่งเสริมการสนับสนุนจากสาธารณชนเพื่อแก้ไขปัญหาเหล่านี้ ไม่ว่าจะเป็นเรื่องความเสมอภาคทางเพศและการเปลี่ยนแปลงสภาพภูมิอากาศ Coster-Waldau กล่าวว่า “ภารกิจหลักของกระผมในฐานะทูตสันถวไมตรีของ UNDP คือการช่วยรณรงค์ให้ผู้คนทั่วไปเกิดความตระหนักและสนับสนุนเป้าหมายของโครงการเพื่ออนาคตที่ดีขึ้นของทุกคนซึ่งมันจะไม่สามารถเกิดขึ้นได้ถ้าหากพวกเราไม่ให้ความสำคัญต่อสตรีพร้อมทั้งปกป้องโลกของเรา” นอกเหนือจากการเข้าร่วม GGWCup แล้ว Coster-Waldau จะร่วมเดินทางไปกับเจ้าหน้าที่ UNDP ในระดับประเทศ เพื่อติดตามความคืบหน้าของการดำเนินงานให้บรรลุเป้าหมายของการพัฒนาอย่างยั่งยืน

โรงเรียนนานาชาตินิสท์ ในฐานะเป็นสถานศึกษาที่ไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร ได้ก่อตั้งขึ้นตามหลักการขององค์การสหประชาชาติ และมีส่วนร่วมในการส่งเสริมการพัฒนาที่ยั่งยืนผ่านภารกิจของโรงเรียนเพื่อสร้างแรงบันดาลใจการเติบโต เพิ่มขีดความสามารถในความเป็นเลิศของแต่ละบุคคล และพัฒนาระดับคุณภาพชีวิต

นักเรียนที่สำเร็จการศึกษารุ่นล่าสุด ได้ก่อตั้งบริษัทกาแฟที่ไม่แสวงหาผลกำไรโดยร่วมมือกับเกษตรกรในภาคเหนือของประเทศไทย เปิดศูนย์เด็กปฐมวัยในกัมพูชาและมอบทุนการศึกษาให้กับบุตรของเจ้าหน้าที่โรงเรียน นอกจากนี้ ศิษย์เก่าของโรงเรียนนานชาตินิสท์ ยังได้มีส่วนช่วยเหลือชุมชนในประเทศของพวกเขา

รวมทั้งศิษย์เก่าของโรงเรียนประจำปี 2007 Praya Lundberg ได้ดำรงตำแหน่งเป็นเอกอัครราชฑูตสันทวไมตรีให้กับสำนักงานข้าหลวงใหญ่และผู้ลี้ภัยแห่งสหประชาชาติในทำนองเดียวกันทั้ง Chelsea FC Soccer School Bangkok และ Eir Soccer มีส่วนร่วมในการสร้างสรรค์ชุมชนและแรงบันดาลใจในการขับเคลื่อนผ่านกีฬาฟุตบอล Majken Gilmartin ซีอีโอของ Eir Soccer และผู้ร่วมก่อตั้ง GGWCup เชื่อว่า  “การกีฬามีอิทธิพลอย่างมากในการหลอมหลวมผู้คนทุกประเภทเข้าด้วยกันเพื่อบรรลุเป้าหมายในการพัฒนาโลกของพวกเราให้ดีขึ้น ความร่วมมืออันดีระหว่าง Chelsea, NIST และ UNDP นับเป็นตัวอย่างที่สมบูรณ์ในการรวมตัวกันเพื่อสร้างสรรค์นวัตกรรมใหม่ ๆ ที่จำเป็นเพื่อความก้าวหน้าอันนำไปสู่การพัฒนาที่ยั่งยืน และเราหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าในอนาคตข้างหน้า เราจะสามารถขยาย Global Goals World Cup มายังภูมิภาคเอเชีย “ในการนี้ ทีมฟุตบอลหญิงจะได้รับเชิญให้เข้าร่วมแข่งขันกิจกรรมเพื่อร่วมสนับสนุนเป้าหมายการพัฒนาที่ยั่งยืน 17 อย่างก่อนการแข่งขันฟุตบอล โดยแต่ละทีมจะได้รับคะแนนพิเศษจากแนวความคิดสร้างสรรค์จากกิจกรรมที่ตนคัดเลือก หลังจากนั้น เหล่าบรรดานักกีฬาทั้งหมดจึงจะเริ่มการแข่งขันฟุตบอลอย่างเป็นทางการ ดำเนินการตัดสินโดย Coster-Waldau เพื่อหาทีมที่ชนะเลิศในการแข่งขันในครั้งนี้


  1. หาสมาชิกร่วมทีมจำนวน 5 คน
  2. เลือกเป้าหมายการพัฒนาอย่างยั่งยืนประจำทีมของคุณที่ต้องการสนับสนุน
  3. ลงทะเบียนทีมแข่งขัน

ทั้งนี้ทั้งนั้น ผู้แข่งขันทุกคนจะต้องเป็นหญิงที่มีอายุ 18 ปีขึ้นไป  

Winter Is Coming to NIST with the Global Goals World Cup

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, better known to many as Jamie Lannister on the hit series Game of Thrones, will join the Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) as an honorary referee at NIST International School in Bangkok, home of Chelsea FC Soccer School Bangkok, on 30 September.

A partnership between Eir Soccer and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the GGWCup works to raise awareness and rally communities in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through a world series of powerful soccer events. During the event, teams of adolescent girls and women will play to raise awareness of the impact of poverty, inequality and climate change, and encourage progress toward sustainable development across the world.

Despite the many advances in combating poverty, conflict and corruption, women and children in many countries still face economic disparity, physical and emotional abuse, violence, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. They are also often the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

“The empowerment of women in Asia and the Pacific is vital for development in the region and to achieve the SDGs”, says Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary General for UNDP and Director of its Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. “In Thailand, the adoption of the Gender Equality Act in 2015 is an important step on the way to increased empowerment, participation and protection of women and thereby their ability to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs”, Xu added.

Coster-Waldau and the UNDP aim to rally public support to address these issues. of gender equality and climate change. As Coster-Waldau puts it, “My main mission as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will be to raise awareness and support for the Global Goals for a better future for all, which cannot be achieved without empowering women and protecting our planet”. In addition to participating in the GGWCup, Coster-Waldau will join the country-level UNDP staff on a field trip to see Sustainable Development Goals implementation in action.

As a not-for-profit school founded on the principles of the UN, NIST shares UNDP’s mandate in advocating for the SDGs through the school’s mission to inspire growth, empower individual excellence and enrich lives. The most recent graduates included students who founded a non-profit coffee company in partnership with farmers in northern Thailand, built an early childhood centre in Cambodia and funded scholarships for children of the school’s support staff. NIST alumni often go on to become advocates in their communities, including the Class of 2007’s Praya Lundberg, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Similarly, both Chelsea FC Soccer School Bangkok and Eir Soccer share a passion for building communities and sparking change through sport. Majken Gilmartin, CEO of Eir Soccer and co-founder of the GGWCup, believes “that sport has a unique power to unite all kinds of people around the common goal of making the world better. This partnership with Chelsea, NIST and the UNDP is a perfect example of the kinds of innovative alliances that are needed in order to accelerate progress towards sustainable development, and we look forward to expanding the Global Goals World Cup series to Asia”.

Leading up to the GGWCup at NIST, female teams will be invited to participate by championing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and taking action before the event. Teams will receive special points for creative ways of supporting their chosen goal. They will then play a series of friendly matches on the official day of the event, refereed by Coster-Waldau, with the winning team qualifying for the GGWCup championship.

Take action. Make a difference. Join us in building a more equitable, sustainable world at the Global Goals World Cup.

Women players, do you want to participate in the upcoming Global Goals World Cup in Bangkok? Meet the Global Goals World Cup and UNDP Goodwill ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and experience first-hand this Danish five-a-side, soccer-meets-advocacy phenomenon that is taking over the world. Which Global Goal is your goal?

  1. Form a five-member team.
  2. Choose the Sustainable Development Goal that your team will support.
  3. Sign up here!

Note that all players on a team must be females of 18 years of age or older.

Beyond Giving: The NIST Microcredit Bank

Poverty and the cycle it perpetuates through generations represent an age-old problem that many view as a constant in life. A group of students and teachers at NIST don’t believe that a solution is so unfathomable, and they are tackling the issue head-on through the NIST Microcredit Bank (NMB). Created as a student-run service group with the aim of supporting all members of the NIST community, the NMB offers debt relief, business loans and scholarships for the children of the school’s support staff.

Based on the work of Mohammed Yunus, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microfinance, the NMB initially focused on providing small business loans with very little interest to support staff at NIST who sought to open their own businesses. This focus gradually shifted to providing education-based debt relief through scholarships for the children of those staff members, aligning to NIST’s belief in the transformative power of learning, and contemporary research in sustainable economic and social development through education as opposed to simple philanthropy.

Though basic schooling for all children in Thailand is free in principle, extraneous costs even in small public schools put it out of reach of thousands of families, particularly those with multiple children. In the words of the microcredit bank members, “It is unacceptable to be students of an academic institution that permits those who support our education to struggle to afford an education for their own”. They view caring for all members of the NIST community as a fundamental responsibility, one that will ultimately allow families to be enriched through education.

2016 is the fourth year that the NMB has provided scholarships to children of support staff, and also represents the largest number granted thus far: 33 in total. The benefits of these scholarships greatly help to alleviate the burden of the costs associated with schooling in Thailand, enabling families to afford the best education they can provide without the financial sacrifice that usually comes with it.

Driven by the success of their work, the NMB continually seeks to raise funds through various school events and regularly receives donations from NIST staff, the NIST Parent-Teacher Association (NIPTA), parent groups, student-run groups and the student body itself. More importantly, the students recognize that monetary donations ultimately have a limited scope. The group meets weekly to find ways to connect and bring the focus back to the community and their role in its continued growth.

Looking to the future, the microcredit bank is continually looking to improve and identify ways to further engage staff, students and parents. In the meantime they aim to enrich the lives and livelihoods of all members of the NIST community through their unique work, which represents a first among international schools in Thailand. Head of School James MacDonald captured this passion best as he spoke to this year’s scholarship recipients: “Even though you may attend other schools, NIST is also your school, and you are an important part of the community here”.

World-Renowned Buddhist Monk Speaks at NIST

​While Thailand and much of Asia share a rich Buddhist tradition, its philosophy and perspectives have only made stronger inroads in the West over the last century. One of the driving forces behind its growth is Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera, better known as Ajahn Brahm, a British monk whose journey led him from the study of theoretical physics to the establishment of the first dedicated Buddhist monastery in the Southern Hemisphere. On 17 February his travels brought him to ​NIST, where he spoke to students, parents and staff on the importance of mindfulness and service. Interspersed with humor and personal anecdotes, his talks served as a reminder of the universal importance of empathy and reflection.

Born in London in 1951, Peter Betts was a bright student who earned a scholarship to Cambridge, where he studied theoretical physics. With a passion for understanding the universe and our place in it, he followed his formal education with an unusual choice: traveling to Thailand to study Buddhism. Ordained as Ajahm Brahm, he quickly became recognized for his sharp mind and was invited to to Australia to teach. Within a few years he had co-founded Bodhinyana Monastery, now the largest Buddhist community in Australia. Over the past three decades Ajahm Brahm has spoken to crowds around the globe, and in 2004 received the John Curtin Medal, granted by Curtin University to those who demonstrate “vision, leadership and community service”.

During his visit to NIST, he drew upon his wide range of experiences in speaking to students, emphasizing how service plays a crucial role in bettering society. On an individual level he described how mindfulness, an awareness of one’s thoughts on a moment-by-moment basis, can help us become more balanced and reflective. During a smaller session with environmental science students, he focused on their question of the value of nature from a religious perspective. NIST parents also had the opportunity to engage with Ajahm Brahm in an evening session, where he touched on his personal experiences and answered questions from the audience.

Like most other not-for-profit schools in Thailand, NIST does not adhere to any one creed or philosophy. However, our community respects the many rich traditions our shared cultures have passed down for generations, and also recognizes the value they offer. In a world that increasingly faces conflict within cultures, being compassionate toward others and reflecting on choices are critical for students as they move on to universities and careers. Only through mindful awareness and a willingness to grow will they be capable of meeting the many challenges of the 21st century.

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CIS Recognizes NIST Graduate with International Student Award

International-Student-Award-Winner-Chakrapoj-Bos-ChitwannapaThe Council of International Schools, one of the three organizations through which NIST International School is accredited, recognizes a small number of students worldwide each year with the International Student Award. Acknowledging the contributions of those who have “demonstrated a clear commitment to sustained interaction with students of the other nationalities, languages or ethnic backgrounds in a spirit of international understanding and cooperation”, the award encourages students to reach out to others in their communities, identify issues, and initiate creative, sustainable solutions. This year Chakrapoj (Bos) Chitwannapa, a member of the Class of 2014, became one of only a small number of students worldwide to receive the award.

As described on the CIS award page, “Bos travelled to Maeramit Village in Om Goi District as part of a CAS trip where he participated in the preliminary stage of community development. This has helped him gain first-hand experience in learning about development and applying development tools in a rural village environment. Bos did some excellent work facilitating the needs analysis process, and the school was impressed with the leadership he has shown. Bos will continue to work on the project with other NIST students and teachers, as well as with other schools, so as to help form a development project that will benefit the village in a sustainable and beneficial way.”

Congratulations, Bos, and we wish you luck as you leave NIST and begin a new journey in university!