Former Dropout Rural Girl Carving Herself to the Top

By Mom Chantara Soleil

“Here I am, because of education, I get to know myself better and I am walking the path toward what I want. My learning journey does not end there,” says 26 year old Sim Lida.

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Born to farmer parents in a remote village of Srei Snam [literally mean royal concubine] district, almost 100 kilometers from the world known Angkor Wat temple of Siem Reap province, Lida is now a state teacher at the secondary school she graduated from, while managing to pursue her master degree in philosophy in Phnom Penh capital at the same time.

“These days, I have to catch night bus on Fridays to come to Phnom Penh for my master class during weekends, and return in the evening of Sundays to my teaching during working days at 28 Makara secondary school back at my home town,” she continues.

“I do no regret that I could not make any saving from current month wage of 1,000,000 riels [roughly US$ 250], as I have to continue investing on my education myself, and I am proud of what I am doing.”

From a girl who froze one-year schooling at the age of 8 – because no one from her village was going to the school located about two kilometers from her community, and the path to school was too quiet, heavily shaded by trees and bushes – she is not only a single girl, but also a sole person there who completed university study.

“I was asked and warned that, why I need high education? And I have to travel far away from home for that. I may end up having no one wants to get married with. The query doubted me why it is OK for other young girls to migrate to work in Thailand, and it is not OK for me to travel to the city for my study?”

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“I told myself that I am not giving up. I am overcoming the pressures on me and trying to prove to my world that key value of a girl should not be defined by her ability to handle housework. Because of the preparation of a pot of soup and a pot of steamed rice, a girl should not be deprived from her schooling!”

In terms of livelihood, Lida is convinced that if one goes to school now when they are young, they can run an income-generating business later in life. But if one sacrifices their childhood for the business, it is not easy to go for schooling later on.

“I thank my parents for allowing me to pursue my dream despite the social pressures, and a field officer of Plan International Ms. Huon Sathea whom I respect most, for giving me the means and advice, especially when I was at secondary school.”

“I remember that day, I cried asking my parents to allow me to go to Phnom Penh [the capital city of Cambodia almost 500 kilometers away from my home] to apply for state university entrance example. Ms. Huon Sathea assured my parents that I can stay with her family in the capital. She helped me all the way through, I finally arrived Phnom Penh on the final day of the university to accept application form. I made it.”

Emerging from a leader of children’s council in a remote Cambodian community to supporter of various initiatives to promote girls and women’s role, Sim Lida has recently been selected among the three finalists for the Hear My Voice 2018 award initiated by a high profile Norwegian business leader Anita Krohn Traaseth together with Plan International Norway.

“All my engagement with development activities in my community inspires me to go further. I used to lead children’s council at my school doing a lot of activities not only for the school but the whole community. My friends and I ran an evening English class when we have free time in order to practice our teaching and sharpen our knowledge of the language.”

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During her university life until now, Lida has been part of various women’s leadership networks. She and her friends initiated experience exchanges, community homestay, and beyond – engaging her students, children and youth in her community – the last stronghold of notorious Khmer Rouge wherein complete civil war can be achieved until 1997.

“I am always very passionate about encouraging girls to dream and to realize it. I hope to continue running session to equip practical skill among girls to, first and foremost, know themselves and their potential, know what they want in life, and know how to plan and work out the planning toward their dreams.”

For Lida, the biggest challenge most young girls in remote community are facing is that they do not know what they want.

With this a drive, she finds herself enthusiastic to work with children and youth in grades 11 and 12 at higher secondary school in order to inspire them because, as she says, “knowing ourselves and what we want is a step toward what we want!”

Lida is now mobilizing resources to organise exposure visit among the children and youth to universities, successful businesses and other institutions beyond her community – activities that she believes will help the children and youth to sharpen their dream.

“When I have time I invite resource persons to share knowledge on career planning, financial management, leadership, project management, and the like to the children and youth in my community. These are means contributing to realisation of their dreams,” she says.

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Cambodia Launches Milestone Guiding Manual for Child Participation

by Mom Chantara Soleil

Cambodia has launched its milestone ‘Guiding Manual of Good Practices for Child Participation in National Policy Dialogue and Program Development’ – an effort made possible by NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child (NGOCRC) through the support from Plan International and UNICEF.

Grounding on best practices and good lessons learned of local and international NGOs working in child and youth development, this important manual intends to provide practical guidance in applying the child participation minimum standard compiled by the Cambodian National Council for Children (CNCC) since 2014, particularly in national policy dialogue and strategic program development.

“Only the children and youth understand best about their situation. They, children and youth, under the age of 25, make up about 51 percent of the country population. And as enshrined under article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have a right to participate in all matters affecting them,” Jan Jaap Kleinrensink, Country Director of Plan International Cambodia addressed the dissemination of the manual attended by concerned representatives from concerned government institutions, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and youth delegates.

He added that, “Enabling their meaningful participation to have their views taken into account in decision-making, policy making as well as programming will, thereby, contribute vitally to further promote the country’s socio-economic development.”

The assistance of Plan International Cambodia to the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child (NGOCRC) to compile the manual is financially powered by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (known in short as SIDA) and Plan International Sweden.

According to Hor Kosal, official in charge of the work, in putting together this manual, consultations and interviews were undertaken with key leading stakeholders engaged in child participation. This consisted of children, civil society and government stakeholders.

The principal target audience for this manual are government and civil society stakeholders who are seeking to strengthen child participation in national level policy dialogue and the strategic development of programs. It also aims to be accessible to child stakeholders engaged in the exercise of their right to participation.

 

ប្រតិភូកុមារកម្ពុជាពីររូបចូលរួមកិច្ចប្រជុំពិភាក្សាពិគ្រោះយោបល់ប្រចាំតំបន់ ស្តីពី ការកេងប្រវ័ញ្ចតាមប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធើណិត

ដោយ​ មុំ ច័ន្ទតារាសូឡី និង ហោ កុសល

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ក្មេងប្រុស និងក្មេងស្រីកម្ពុជាចំនួនពីររូបតំណាងឱ្យប្រទេស ចូលរួមនៅក្នុងកិច្ចប្រជុំពិភាក្សាពិគ្រោះ​យោបល់កុមារក្នុងតំបន់អាស៊ានដើម្បីកំណត់ការឆ្លើយតបរួមគ្នារបស់ជាតិក្នុងការបញ្ឈប់ការកេងប្រវ័ញ្ច និងការរំលោភផ្លូវភេទលើកុមារនៅតាមប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធើណិតតាមបណ្តារដ្ឋជាសមាជិកក្នុងតំបន់។

កិច្ចប្រជុំនេះធ្វើឡើងចាប់ពីថ្ងៃទី 7 ដល់ ថ្ងៃទី 8 ខែកុម្ភៈ នៅទីក្រុងហ្សាកាតា ប្រទេសឥណ្ឌូណេស៊ី ហើយ​គណៈប្រតិភូកុមារកម្ពុជាអមជាមួយមិត្តភក្ដិរបស់ពួកគេមកពីប្រទេសពីរក្នុងចំណោមបណ្តាប្រទេសអាស៊ានដទៃទៀត កំពុងរៀបចំកិច្ចពិភាក្សាប្រកប​ដោយផ្លែផ្កាមួយជាមួយតំណាងប្រហែល 100នាក់ មកពីស្ថាប័ន​រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាល​ ភ្នាក់ងារ អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ និងអង្គការមិនមែនរដ្ឋាភិបាលដែលពាក់ព័ន្ធ ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ឯកជន​ និងស្ថាប័ន្ធអនុវត្តច្បាប់បរទេស។

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“សម្រាប់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា យើងមានក្មេងប្រុសអាយុ 17ឆ្នាំ ម្នាក់ឈ្មោះ បុប្ផា មកពីខេត្ដស្វាយរៀង និងក្មេងស្រីឈ្មោះ វៃ អាយុ 17ឆ្នាំ មកពីខេត្ដព្រៃវែង ដែលពួកគេជាអ្នកដឹកនាំបណ្ដាញតស៊ូមតិកុមារ និងមានបទពិសោធន៍     ជាច្រើនទាក់ទងនឹងកិច្ចការពារកុមារ និងបញ្ហាសិទ្ធិកុមារ”។ លោក ហោ កុសល មន្ត្រីកិច្ចការពារកុមារនៃអង្គការភ្លែនអន្តរជាតិ (Plan International) អមដំណើរកុមារ​ទាំងពីរទៅកាន់ទីក្រងហ្សាកាតា ក្នុងនាមជាអ្នកមើលថែក្មេង។

លោកបានបន្ថែមថា កុមារដែលមកពីតំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍នឹងត្រូវបានស្នើសុំឱ្យផ្តល់អនុសាសន៍ និង​សំណូមពរនានានៅក្នុងការបង្កើនកិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងដើម្បីដោះស្រាយបញ្ហាកិច្ចការពារកុមារនៅលើប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធឺណិត ជាពិសេស ដោយសារកុមារគឺជាអ្នកដែលទទួលរងផលប៉ះពាល់ដោយផ្ទាល់ និងប្រឈមនឹងហានិភ័យ​ទាក់ទងនឹងអំពើហិង្សានៅតាមប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធឺណិត។

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ការសិក្សាជាច្រើនបានបង្ហាញថា ខណៈពេលដែលការរីកចម្រើនខាងផ្នែកបច្ចេកវិទ្យា​ជាសកលកំពុងតែ​រីករាលដាលនៃការតភ្ជាប់ទំនាក់ទំនងនៅតាមប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធឺណិត កុមារនិងមនុស្ស​វ័យក្មេងបានបន្ត​បង្កើន និងចូលរួមញឹកញាប់នៅក្នុងសកម្មភាពជាច្រើននៅតាមប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធឺណិត។

ខណៈដែលការរីកចម្រើនខាងផ្នែកបច្ចេកវិទ្យាជាសកលផ្តល់ផលប្រយោជន៍ដល់កុមារក្នុងការទទួលបានព័ត៌មាន ការប្រាស្រ័យទាក់ទង ការកំសាន្ដ និងព័ត៌មានទាក់ទងនឹងវប្បធម៌ ដែលអាចជួយការអភិវឌ្ឍ​របស់​ពួកគេ ​ស្របពេលនោះដែរ វាក៏បង្កហានិភ័យជាច្រើន ដោយសារតែទំនាក់ទំនងទាំង​នេះបើកឱកាស​ថ្មីៗសម្រាប់ការបន្តអំពើហិង្សាប្រឆាំងនឹងកុមារ។

នៅប៉ុន្មានឆ្នាំចុងក្រោយនេះ តំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍បានក្លាយទៅជាចំណុចក្តៅគគុកមួយដែល​កំពុងតែ​កើត​មានឡើងករណីរំលោភបំពាន និងការកេងប្រវ័ញ្ចលើកុមារនៅតាមប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធឺណិត ។

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ការបញ្ជាក់ចំពោះនិន្នាការនេះ សមាគមប្រជាជាតិអាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍ (អាស៊ាន) បានកំណត់កិច្ច​ប្រឹងប្រែង​ក្នុងការដោះស្រាយបញ្ហានេះជាអាទិភាពមួយសម្រាប់តំបន់ដូចដែលបានបង្ហាញនៅក្នុងផែនការសកម្មភាពតំបន់អាស៊ាន ស្តីពីការលុបបំបាត់អំពើហិង្សាលើកុមារ និងការប្តេជ្ញាចិត្តរបស់រដ្ឋជាសមាជិកអាស៊ានចំពោះ​របៀបវារៈ​សម្រាប់ការអភិវឌ្ឍប្រកបដោយនិរន្តរភាពនៅឆ្នាំ២០៣០។

វាគឺជាភាពវិជ្ជមានដែលបរិបទជាក់លាក់នៃករណីក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជានឹងត្រូវបានគេដឹងឮ និងយកមក​ពិចារណាតាមរយៈវត្តមានរបស់គណៈប្រតិភូកុមារកម្ពុជាពីររូបនៅវេទិការប្រចាំតំបន់ដែលរៀបចំឡើងដោយអង្គការសម្ព័ន្ធសិទ្ធិកុមារអាស៊ី (Child Rights Coalition Asia) ដែលមានការគាំទ្រពីអង្គការយូនីសេហ្វ (UNICEF)។

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Two Cambodian Child Delegates at Regional Consultation on Online Exploitation

by Mom Chantara Soleil and Hor Kosal

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Two Cambodian boy and girl are representing the country in ASEAN regional children’s consultation intending to identify integrated national responses to end the online child sexual exploitation and abuse in the region’s member states.

Happening from Feb. 7-8 in Jakarta of Indonesia, the Cambodian child delegates along with their peers – two of each of other ASEAN countries – are sitting down for a productive discussion with about 100 representatives from governments, relevant United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations, private companies, and foreign law enforcements.

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“From Cambodia, we have 17-year-old boy Bopha from Svay Rieng, and 17-year-old girl Vay from Prey Veng who are among the leadership of the child advocate network and very experienced in child protection and child rights issues,” said Mr. Hor Kosal – Plan International’s child protection officer acting as chaperone for the two children during their trip to Jakarta.

The children from Southeast Asia, he added, will be asked to provide their recommendations and inputs in the development of efforts to address online child protection, especially since children are the ones who are directly affected and at risk of online violence.

Studies show that as the global technological advancement moves towards online connectivity, children and young people keep up and engage in an increasing variety and frequency of online activities.

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While this is beneficial as children gain access to information, communication, entertainment, and culture, which can aid in their development, this also poses risks because it opens new opportunities to perpetuate violence against children.

In recent years, Southeast Asia has become one of the emerging hotspots of online abuse and exploitation of children.

Witnessing the trend, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has listed the effort to address the issue as a priority for the region, as demonstrated in the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children and the commitment of the ASEAN Member States to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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It is positive that specific context of the case in Cambodia will be heard and put into consideration through the presence of the two Cambodian child delegates at the regional platform organised by Child Rights Coalition Asia with the support from UNICEF.

 

 

ឆ្ពោះទៅសម្រេចបានតំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍ ដែលគ្មានការបន្ទោបង់ពាសវាលពាសកាល

សេចក្តីប្រកាស​ព័ត៌មាន ៖

ក្រុងភ្នំពេញ​នឹង​រៀបចំសន្និសីទ​អន្តរជាតិស្តីពី​គម្រោងសហគមន៍ដឹកនាំអនាម័យទាំងស្រុង​ (CLTS) ដែលនឹងប្រមូលផ្តុំ​ដោយ​អ្នកជំនាញ​នៃកម្មវិធី​ទឹក​ស្អាត និងអនាម័យ​ (WASH) ប្រមាណ ១០០នាក់​ មកពី​តំបន់​អាស៊ី​ខាងត្បូង និងអាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍ ដើម្បី​ចែករំលែកបទពិសោធន៍ និងពិភាក្សាអំ​ពីវិធីសាស្រ្ត​ឆ្ពោះ​ទៅសម្រេច​បាន​​ “គ្មាន​ការ​បន្ទោ​បង់​ពាសវាលពាសកាលនៅតំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍” ​ដែល​នឹងធ្វើឡើងនៅថ្ងៃទី ១៥១៧ ខែវិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧។ សន្និសីទនេះ​នឹង​ប្រព្រឹត្តឡើងក្រោម​អធីបតី​របស់ ​ឯកឧត្តមឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី យឹម ឆៃលី នៅព្រឹកថ្ងៃទី១៥        ខែវិច្ឆិកា នា​សណ្ឋាគារ​កាំបូឌីយ៉ាណា ទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ។

3.1

សន្និសីទក្រោមប្រធានបទ “ពី​សហគមន៍ឆ្ពោះទៅរក​ប្រជាជាតិ​ដែល​គ្មានការ​បន្ទោ​បង់​ពាសវាល​ពាសកាល៖ ការ​ពន្លឿនឲ្យតំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍ក្លាយ​ជា​តំបន់ដែល​​គ្មានការ​បន្ទោ​បង់​ពាស​វាល​ពាស​កាល”    នឹង​រៀបចំឡើង​រួមគ្នា​ដោយ​រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា និង​មូលនិធិ​គម្រោងសហគមន៍ដឹកនាំអនាម័យទាំងស្រុង ដោយមានការសហការ​ជាមួយ​អង្គការ​ភ្លែនអន្តរជាតិ។ អ្នកជំនាញនៃកម្មវិធី​ទឹកស្អាត និង​អនាម័យ​មកពី​កម្ពុជា វៀតណាម ឡាវ មីយ៉ាន់ម៉ា ឥណ្ឌូនេស៊ី ហ្វីលីពីន ទីម័រ​ខាងកើត និង​ឥណ្ឌា នឹង​ចូលរួមក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​នេះ​ (រយៈពេល ៣ថ្ងៃ)។ ក្រៅពីតំណាង​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល ក៏មាន​ការ​ចូលរួម​ផងដែរពីសំណាក់​អ្នកជំនាញនៃ​កម្មវិធី​ទឹកស្អាត និងអនាម័យ មកពី​ទីភ្នាក់ងារ​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​អន្តរជាតិ ដូចជា ធនាគារ​ពិភពលោក អង្គការ UNICEF អង្គការ WaterAid អង្គការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ហូឡង់ (SNV) អង្គការ​ទស្សនពិភពលោក និង​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សាសហប្រតិបត្តិការវិស័យទឹកស្អាត និងអនាម័យ​ (WSSCC-ហ្សឺណែវ)​ និង​បណ្តាញ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយជាតិ និងអន្តរជាតិ​។

លោក ជ្រាយ ប៉ុម​  ប្រធាននាយកដ្ឋាន​ថែទាំសុខភាព​ជនបទ​នៃក្រសួង​អភិវឌ្ឍ​ន៍ជនបទរបស់​រាជ ​រដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា បាន​ថ្លែងថា ៖​ “គម្រោងសហគមន៍​ដឹកនាំ​អនាម័យទាំងស្រុង ​បាន​ចូលរួម​ចំណែក​​​យ៉ាង​ច្រើនក្នុងការ​លើកកម្ពស់​អនាម័យ​ជនបទ ជាពិសេស​ការកាត់បន្ថយការ​បន្ទោបង់ពាស​វាល​ពាសកាល​ដែលជា​បញ្ហា​ចោទ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​របស់យើង។ ប៉ុន្តែ​ការពន្លឿនវឌ្ឍនភាព​ឆ្ពោះទៅសម្រេច​បាន​ការលុបបំបាត់ការ​បន្ទោបង់​ពាសវាលពាសកាល​ទាំងស្រុង និងការ​រក្សា​បាន​សមិទ្ធផល​នេះ​មក​ទល់​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​ ទាមទារ​នូវ​កម្លាំង​ផ្គួប​កាន់តែច្រើនបូករួមនឹងគំនិតផ្តួចផ្តើម​ផ្សេងៗ។ ដូច្នេះ ខ្ញុំ​សង្ឃឹម​ថា សន្និសីទនេះ​នឹង​ផ្តល់លទ្ធផល​ល្អប្រសើរ​ដើម្បីជួយដល់កិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែង​របស់​យើង​ក្នុងការ​សម្រេច​​បានចក្ខុវិស័យ​អនាម័យជនបទ”។

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គម្រោង​សហគមន៍​ដឹកនាំអនាម័យទាំងស្រុង បានក្លាយ​ជា​ចលករ​ដ៏សំខាន់ក្នុងការ​ជំរុញ​លទ្ធភាព​ទទួលបាន​អនាម័យ​សម្រាប់ប្រជាជន​រាប់លាននាក់​ ជាពិសេស​ប្រជាជន​ជនបទនៅក្នុងប្រទេស​កំពុងអភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ កាលពីអតីតកាល និង​កន្លះ​ទសវត្សរ៍​កន្លងមក។ នៅពេល​​បិទបញ្ចប់​គោលដៅ​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​​​សហស្សវត្សរ៍​ (MDG) នៅឆ្នាំ ២០១៥ គម្រោងនេះ​ត្រូវ​បាន​បញ្រ្ជាប​តាមស្ថាប័ន​ក្នុង​គោលនយោបាយ     ​អនាម័យ​ជាតិ​របស់​ប្រជាជាតិ​យ៉ាង​តិច ៣៥ និង​ត្រូវ​បានអនុវត្ត​ជា​វិធីសាស្រ្ត​គន្លឹះ​ ដើម្បី​សម្រេចបាន     ​​អនាម័យ​ក្នុងប្រទេសជាង ៦៥ នៅ​អាស៊ីអាហ្រ្វិច និង​អាមេរិក​ឡាទីន។

គម្រោង​នេះ​ត្រូវ​បានអនុវត្ត​នៅកម្ពុជា​កាលពីឆ្នាំ ២០០៤ តាមរយៈ​អង្គការ Concern Worldwide ដែល​ក្រោយមកត្រូវ​បានពង្រីក​តាមបណ្តាខេត្ត ៨ នៅកម្ពុជា ក្រោមការ​ដឹកនាំ​របស់ក្រសួងអភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ជនបទ​ដោយសហការ​ជាមួយ​អង្គការ​ភ្លែនអន្តរជាតិ អង្គការ UNICEF និង​អង្គការ​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ហូឡង់ (SNV)។ ជាលទ្ធផល​ ប្រជាជន​រស់នៅជនបទ​ក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា​ជាង​ពាក់កណ្តាលនាពេលបច្ចុប្បន្ននេះ ទទួលបាន​សេវា​អនាម័យ​ល្អ​ប្រសើរ (ធៀបនឹង​ការ​ទទួលបានសេវា​អនាម័យមូលដ្ឋានតែ​ ១១% ​​នៅឆ្នាំ ១៩៩០)។ រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា កំពុងខិតខំធានាលទ្ធភាព​ទទួលបានអនាម័យល្អប្រសើរ​ឲ្យបាន ៦០% នៅឆ្នាំ ២០១៨ និង​ប្រកាស​ជា​ប្រជាជាតិដែលគ្មាន​ការ​បន្ទោបង់​ពាសវាលពាសកាលនៅឆ្នាំ ២០២៥។

សន្និសីទនេះមានគោលបំណងដកស្រង់​​បទពិសោធន៍​       និងការអនុវត្តល្អ​ៗពី​ថ្នាក់តំបន់     និង     ​ដោះ​ស្រាយ​​បញ្ហា​សំខាន់ៗ​ឆ្ពោះទៅសម្រេច​បាន​គោលដៅទី ៦.២ ស្តីពីអនាម័យសកល​ ក្នុង​​គោលដៅ​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ប្រកប​ដោយ​ចីរភាព។ វគ្គផ្សេងៗ​ក្នុងសន្និសីទនេះនឹង​ពិភាក្សា​ពី​បទពិសោធន៍​អនាម័យ​របស់​គោលដៅ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​ន៍សហស្សវត្សរ៍ក្នុង​តំបន់ បញ្ហា​ប្រឈមធំៗរបស់ប្រទេស​នានាក្នុងការ​ឆ្ពោះ​ទៅ​ស​ម្រេច ​បាន​គោល​ដៅអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ប្រកប​ដោយចីរភាព​ និង​មូលដ្ឋាន​ដ៏សំខាន់​សម្រាប់​ការពង្រីក​គម្រោង​នេះ​ក្នុង ​តំបន់។

ការពិចារណា​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទនេះ នឹង​ត្រូវ​បាន​យកទៅអនុវត្តក្នុង​ការ​បង្កើត​ផែនទី​បង្ហាញផ្លូវ​ និង​ផែនការ​​សកម្មភាពសម្រាប់​តំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍ឆ្ពោះទៅសម្រេច​បាន​ប្រជាជាតិ​ដែល​គ្មាន​ការ​បន្ទោបង់​ពាស​វាល​ពាសកាលនៅរយៈពេលប៉ុន្មានឆ្នាំខាងមុខ។

 

សម្រាប់ព័ត៌មានបន្ថែម​ស្តីពីសន្និសីទ សូមទាក់ទង ៖

  • លេខាធិការ​ដ្ឋាន​សន្និសីទ អ្នកស្រី Hilda Winarta hilda.winarta@gmail.com
  • លោក Amit Sengupta (មូលនិធិ​គម្រោងសហគមន៍ដឹកនាំអនាម័យទាំងស្រុង)​ Phone: (+91)9717984406  Email: amit@cltsfoundation.org
  • អ្នកស្រី Preetha Prabhakaran (​មូលនិធិ​គម្រោងសហគមន៍ដឹកនាំអនាម័យទាំងស្រុង​) Phone: (+91) 80 17681355 Email: preetha@cltsfoundation.org
  • លោក យឿន ផារី (អង្គការភ្លែនអន្តរជាតិកម្ពុជា)​ HP: +855 (0)92 527 092 Email: phary.yoeun@plan-international.org

International Conference on Community-Led Total Sanitation in Cambodia– Paving the way to Open Defecation Free South East Asia

PRESS RELEASE

Phnom Penh will host an international conference on community-led total sanitation (CLTS) that will gather around 100 WASH experts from South and South East Asia region, to share experiences and discuss the way forward to an open defecation-free South East Asia from15-17 November 2017. The conference will be inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, HE Dr. Yim Chhay Ly, in the morning of 15th November at Hotel Cambodiana in Phnom Penh.

The conference titled ‘From Communities to Open Defecation Free Nations: Fast tracking an ODF South East Asia’ is being jointly hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia and CLTS Foundation in cooperation with Plan International. The WASH experts from Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor L’este, and India would be participating in the 3-day conference. Apart from the representatives of the governments, WASH experts from International development agencies like the World Bank, UNICEF, WaterAid, SNV, World Vision, and WSSCC (Geneva) and national and international media would also participate.

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Mr. Chreay Pom, Director, Department of Rural Health Care, Ministry of Rural Development, Royal Government of Cambodia said: “CLTS has contributed significantly to improving our rural sanitation particularly reducing open defecation practice which is a major problem for our country.  However, accelerating progress to enable complete eradication of open defecation and sustaining our ODF achievements to date require more synergy with different initiatives.  I am therefore hopeful that this Conference will bring good outcomes that could support us in our continuing efforts to achieve our rural sanitation and hygiene vision.”

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CLTS has been instrumental in enhancing sanitation access for millions of people, especially the rural population, across the developing world, during the past one and a halfdecades. By the close of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) period in 2015, CLTS was institutionalised in the national sanitation policy of at least 35 nations and rolled out as the key approach for sanitation in over 65 countries across the Asia, Africa and Latin America.

CLTS was introduced in Cambodia in 2004 through Concern Worldwide, which was later scaled up in eight provinces of Cambodia under the leadership of the .Ministry of Rural Developmentin collaboration with Plan International, UNICEF and SNV. As a result, more than half of rural Cambodians now have access to improved sanitation, compared to only 11% access to basic sanitation in 1990. The Royal Government of Cambodia is targeting to ensure access to improved sanitation to 60% by 2018 and declare the nation Open Defecation Free by 2025.

This conference aims to distill the learnings from experiences and good practices from the region and address the critical questions towards meeting the SDG goal 6.2 of universal sanitation. The different sessions of the conference would discuss the MDG experience of sanitation in the region, key challenges the countries face going forward towards achieving SDG and the critical building blocks for scaling-up in the region.

Deliberations from this conference will be applied to develop a roadmap and action plan for the South East Asia region towards achieving ODF nations in the coming years.

 

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Long Waited Classroom for Deprived Indigenous Minorities

by Mom Chantara Soleil

With smiles and enthusiasm, hundreds of children – majority of whom belong to indigenous groups in Ratanak Kiri province – could not wait to sit in 12 new classrooms of two school buildings and enjoy fresh learning facilities handed over to Ministry of Education Youth for the happening academic year commencement.

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The official handover ceremony of long-waited school buildings in Taveng and Andoung Meas districts in northeastern province took place lately under the chairmanship of Education Youth and Sport Under-Secretary of State H.E. Heang Si Ne.

Addressing the gathering, the under-secretary of state underlined that promoting quality education is not the responsibility of schools, teachers as well as the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport alone.

“It demands hard work and participation of students themselves, parents, and the community at large,” said H.E. Heang Si Ne, adding that with broader access to smart phone and internet connection in Cambodia, students and parents should take advantage of the technology such as online learning resources and applications.

He encouraged parent-teacher forum at least twice a year in order to better engage the key stakeholder in following up the progress of student performance.

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Made possible by joint financing of a global programme to promote education called Educate A Child (EAC) through Aid et Action and Plan International Cambodia, the existence of the new school buildings are expected to boost powerful educational consequence among some 1,000 school children every year from now, according to education project officer Mr. Pann Savath.

“To start with, the facilities have increased an average of 30 percent of this year’s primary enrollment rates in the two schools, because of more favourable classroom setting and new learning facilities attracting parents and primary school beginners and dropout during the previous years,” he said.

Before the presence of the school buildings, primary school students had to share limited number of old lower-secondary classrooms, making the learning setting too crowded, unmanageable and less interesting. As a result, many left school early.

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Figure from Ratanak Kiri Provincial Department of Education Youth and Sport indicates that, the province currently has 206 primary schools serving over 37,000 students – 48% of them are girls. There are a total of 1,422 education staff, of them 536 are female.

Within the past months of 2017, 394 school buildings of 265 classrooms for all levels have been constructed and 45 of the buildings were supported by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen.

H.E. Heang Si Ne ended his remark during the event with his call for more concentration of teachers in their work, as their monthly wage as well as other benefits have been significantly improved – thanks to the on-going reform by the Royal Government of Cambodia.