#ThamLuang: School ready to welcome rescued children back to a normal life

On the morning after the 12 boys and their football coach were finally rescued out of the #ThamLuangCave, we went to Mae Sai Prasitsart School where some of kids go there to see how they will be welcomed back.


It’s another morning at the Mae Sai Prasitsart School in Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand.

The children arrive for their daily morning ritual: the national anthem and prayers to start off the day - but a special announcement breaks the routine.

There is good news to be shared:

"The wild boars are out of the cave!"

Six of the 12 boys rescued from the nearby Tham Luang cave, after being stuck in there for more than two weeks, are attending this school.

And while everybody awaits their return, the school is also making plans to ensure they don’t fall behind their classroom peers.

KANET PHONGSUWAN; Principal Mae Sai Prasitsart School:
"We have a study for those children, they will have additional classes. When they return to school, the first thing we will do is to ease them back into school and everybody is willing to support and encourage them, whether it’s their fellow students, the teaching staff and the administration in order for the children to become their old self."

Their fellow students are also looking forward to see them back again.

WORANUT WAEWSORN; Student at Mae Sai Prasitsart School:
"I hope that they can return to a normal life when they get back here and hope that they can take their survival lessons into their lives."

SAKSITH SAIYASOMBUT; Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province:
"It will still take a while until the boys and their coach can go home after their ordeal - they need to stay at least for a week in the hospital until they’re discharged. But after 17 days in the Tham Luang Cave, they have the chance to live a normal live again."

Saksith Saiyasombut, Channel NewsAsia, Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province