Inspiring Next Cambodian Generation

duth.kimsru
Posted February 25, 2011 from Cambodia

How can we inspire our next Cambodian generation? It is a question that we, 8 young Cambodian women, have been asking ourselves many times. During this up coming summer vacation we will go back to our own country and we want to bring change even within a small thing. Therefore, all of us come up with a project called "Shaping New Ways to Approach Education in Cambodia.” This project is based on what we have found from last year survey. We plan to run 15 days workshops. The topics that we are going to cover are creativities, Leadership, and Plagiarism and Role Model. We are now in the process of preparing action plan and think of ways to improve our work. Below is the detailed about our mission and goal of the project.

Mission of the Project:

• To build students’ critical thinking and leadership skills that will help them to deal with problems that they face throughout their lives.

• To encourage students to actively and confidently communicate with others in order to help them to come out of the narrow-mind and low self-esteem.

• To motivate students to become creative and resourceful people who are willing to develop their communities and society as a whole.

•To reduce students’ behavior of copying from other students or books, and to inspire them to believe in their own abilities

• To help students to have high morality who can become good citizens in the society

Goals of Project:

To transfer our academic knowledge and experiences by running workshops in the purpose of:

 To encourage students to have different views on how education can make differences in their lives through introducing the role model of successful people and to inspire students to pursue higher education and visualize possibilities in the outside world

 To build students’ confidence in networking and communicating skills through working as a team, sharing personal stories, making posters and giving presentations.

 To create friendly learning environment that can help students to bring out their talents and potentials by encouraging them to fully participate and interact with their group members.

 To change students learning habit by encouraging them to read, write and think critically.

To convince students to change their cheating behavior during exam by showing the consequences of cheating through drama performance and discussing session about some of the relevant questions that relate to the topic.

Please help us with some ideas about what we should do to make the workshops successful.

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Breese McIlvaine
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 25, 2011

Dear Duth, This sounds amazing, I wish you all the best with your project!

Liz4peace
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 25, 2011

Hi Duth, Sarvina Kang is one of the Voices of Our Future correspondents. I am Liz, her "editorial midwife" living in San Diego. I don't know if you two have connected on World Pulse, but I think she would be very interested in your education project. I will send her a link to your post.

duth.kimsru
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011

Hi Liz,

Thanks you so much for your help. I am very happy to have support from different people. It is an encouragement that make us work tireless.

love and respects,

Sarvina Kang
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 25, 2011

Hi Kimsru,

How wonderful you and other 7 young Cambodia ladies are doing such an amazing workshop! You are rocking the world, I am so happy to see you are advocating for education to those who have little chance to get education in our country. I am so proud to have known you - you are an inspiration. Your workshop is not little but it is wide to make them get more understanding how education is important. I do love your idea to take a successful person to persuade them to get more interesting on Education. Well-done! Do love your plan! I might know a few of your 7 friends I think. Pls do let me if I can be involved in such a wonderful plan wit you all.

Love, Sarvina

duth.kimsru
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011

Dear Sarvina,

Thank you very much for your support. We would be very happy if we can meet when we all go back to Cambodia in May. Our project will start last week of May (plan might change a little bit); therefore, if we can meet you and have a good discussion with you before the start of your project plan, it would be wonderful.

I would like to inform you that one of my project advisors, prof. Hussain will also go with us to the field work. It makes the workshop even more sucessful if we have your involvement because in practice with closed contact with Cambodia you have a lot more experience than us.

Thanks with loves and respects,

Sarvina Kang
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011

Kimsru!

Thank you for your response! It is wonderful to learn from each other. I am looking forward to meeting you all. Just drop me an email or call as I will message you my email & phone number. Hope we will have a great time together when you all are in Cambodia. I would love to know this workshop clearer than now so it is easy for me to plan too. It is an awesome project for you guys and also for me!

Lots of Love, Sarvina

Liz4peace
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011

So glad you connected with Sarvina! There is power in numbers. Looking forward to hearing about you two in the future!

Sarvina Kang
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011

Dearest Liz,

Yeah I always keep you informed everything. Many thanks for your email!

Love,

Sarvina

Liz4peace
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 28, 2011

Kimsru, I think I called you by your last name, Duth, in my first post. How does the first name/last name thing work in Cambodia? Just a little confused:-)

Liz

duth.kimsru
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 28, 2011

Actually Cambodian style is surename comes first, then the person's name. In my case, my name is kimsru and my surename which is my grandfather name's is Duth. Most of the time family name is the father's name, grandfather's name or great grandfather's name. It depends own how the family decide.

Now I'm kind of used to, but before I didn't answer when people call me Duth because I couldn't catch that they were calling me. It was funny to think about it when my teacher called students from her list. I didn't hear my name and asked her whether my name is officially register in her class or not.

Hope you have a full uderstanding. Thanks

Liz4peace
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 28, 2011

Thanks for the explanation. I think surname first is quite common in Asian countries. It gets confusing when you reverse the order for the benefit of Westerners. I was introduced to Sarvina as "Sarvina Kang" although in Cambodia she is probably known as Kang Sarvina, right?

duth.kimsru
Mar 01, 2011
Mar 01, 2011

The order of my name is the same "Duth Kimsru." That's why my teacher call me Duth. But then they ask me what I would I like them to call. Then I tell them to call me "kimsru".

Liz4peace
Mar 01, 2011
Mar 01, 2011

Thanks for clearing that up Kimsru. If I ever make it to Cambodia, I will be very careful with names:-)

Liz