Phitsanulok, Thailand. A Filipino lecturer at Naresuan University in Phitsanulok earned praise from his university after his student won in an international speech contest in Vietnam.
On its website, the Faculty of Social Sciences congratulated Mr. Jehoide Rabaya, a lecturer at the Center of ASEAN Community Studies, for being the coach of a student who won a distinction in the international speech competition about climate change at the Global Leadership English Challenge 2021 in Vietnam.
The preliminary round of the two-round competition was held in October last year, while the finals were held in November.
Mr. Rabaya said the winners were supposed to attend the conference in February this year in Vietnam but were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Filipino lecturer attributed this achievement to his speech trainer in high school back in the Philippines.
“I had a really good coach back in the Philippines while participating in regional and national speech competitions,” he recalled. Although I don’t consider myself a good speech trainer, I owe it to my former coach to step up my game for his honor as well.
Good feedback for a Filipino lecturer
According to Rabaya, he has been getting positive feedback not only from his colleagues but from his students as well.
“I’m getting comments and messages to stay longer in Thailand to be able to help more Thai students,” he shared. “I hope that this accomplishment, as well as the accomplishments of other Filipino teachers, gain more traction than the works of other “few bad eggs,” which unfortunately tarnish the reputation of Filipino teachers,” he added.
Rabaya is currently serving as the Administration Manager of Toastmasters International District 97, Bangkok Headquarter. At least 54 clubs and over 2,000 members are covered in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos. He is also the current club president of the NU Toastmasters Club.
Jehoide Rabaya is also a former president of The Filipino Council of Phitsanulok (P’lok Pinoyz), the organization of Filipinos in Phitsanulok and its nearby provinces.