Queen Birthday, June 18 2006, was the national holiday but people were still operating their business. This was the busy Nak Leang Port, at Prey Veng province where we would proceed to a primary school for our community event.
Just the moment i expect that this trip would be wonderful, the 45-seat bus stopped on the main street and everyone wondered what happened. Then the driver came and told us that the bus could get through the small gate. Then our team had to walk about 3km distance to the school. Though we all had to carry the gifts and small trees, i still could see their smiling face and they even had time to chat together on the way.
Ah! it was raining; I realized that I forget to check with fortuneteller?Khmer belief to check for the best day to organize important events by asking the fortuneteller or the monks. Though it was the mixture of joyful as we was welcomed by the kids at Ta Ngok primary school, Preah Sdach district, Prey Veng province.
Then our event was preceded as we had done in previous event by raising awareness to kids about social issues and good morality, and then we ended the program by plating tree as symbol for environment protection and group picture:)
? I am? currently travelling to Canada for a training on International Human Rigths System. It is such a great opportunity for me to attend this course to which I can learnt the best practice and mechanism, so that I can use it to improve human rigths respect in our nation, Cambodia.
? Traning alone is just the theory. Take it into action will prove such theory. Also, keeping it in oneself is just keeping money under the pillow. We need to utilize and share it for the sake of human resource development. Then, I will share you all how the training is being conducted, what are the lesson-learnt and how we can apply in our nation.
My training is started 14 June 2007
My training on International Human Rights, invited by EQUITAS, have been started.
The goal of the training is to strenghten the capacity of human rights organizatioin to undertake human rights education efforts aimed at building a universial culture of human rights. There are 8 stream to be covered:
Stream 1: Introduction; Stream 2: Starting from where we are; Stream 3: Buliding a Global Culture of Human Rigths; Stream 4: Seeking common ground; Stream 5: The Global Human Rigths context; Stream 6: Human Rights Standards and Mechanism; Stream 7: Monitoring and advocacy; and Steam 8: Education Evaluation.
There are 166 persons out of which 130 are participants coming from more than 60 countries including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Caribean, Central Asia, Canada, and USA.
My first involvement in Community Event was at Kompong Speu. I believed the old saying that “the first experience is the most clumsy once”.
After communicating with the primary school’s principle by phone, i had done the announcement to classmates and professors that the school we were going to visit named “Sdach Poun”, in khmer-The hidden King. So everyone, especially my History Professor, Sombo Manara, was wondering about the school’s history: what was the school’s connection with the king? After all, i was misquoted the school’s name when little kids recalled their school’s name, Scach Poun, in khmer-The pile sand. Luckily, May 1st 2006 was the International Labor Day, so many friends could join our event. With smiling face everyone was chatting and getting to know each other.
Suddenly, I felt shocked again when we arrived the school as the a little kids stood at the gate to welcome us as we are the high ranking officials. It was out of the agenda and i never ever wish to have such arrangement. “Everyone is equal”, so i do not prefer such arrangement.
After having few talks with kids, our team was divided into small group to communicate and educate kids on different topics such as health, education, environment, and other social issues. After that, we also encouraged kids to help protect environment through planting tree.
Finally, this events gave me a lot of lesson-learns and even motivated me to continue to organize other events. What shocked me again is that the Khmer rural kids did not know where famous Angkor Wat located. When our professor asked them, they replied Angkor Wat is in Kompong Speu, at where they are living. So it reminded me the joke that we repeated in Vietnamese sound that “Angkor Wat is located in Bongbeu” (Bongbeu is referred to Kompong Speu). Then, we gave them the correct answer that “Our Angkor Wat is located in Siem Reap”. It was so fortunate that the books we brought for them attached with Angkor Wat image and even the money (500Riel) we gifted them is also printed with Angkor Wat picture.
With classmates and other friends’ financial and spiritual support, our team could organize the event successfully. Thanks to all!!!