2016-2017

          Wars in the history of Cambodia has strongly destroyed this country. In 1991, Cambodia has started its first election after 20 years and the country slowly recovered itself from the tragedy. As the next generation of Cambodia, I strongly believe that there are so much, I can do as a change agent for my country. Another school year has ended, there are countless of activities and projects that I’ve done that contributed changes to this nation.

          Khmer Rouge regime is known to be the most adversity time in Cambodia’s history. Many intelligent and high-class citizen were killed, children were forced to work rather than attending school, many people starved, and experienced forced labor. The war has separated many families, people from their loved one and taken away many lives. This scandalized history had left a deep wound in a lot of Cambodian’s hearts. That is why nowadays, a lot of elders in Cambodia insisted in talking and sharing about this horrifying history. Every time, the topic comes up in conversation they felt a sentimental experienced in their life. After learning about this history, I felt there are needed to spread words to Cambodian’s next generation in order to prevent the history repetition. During the Liger Sharation, our group’s presentation tackled the daily lives of our elders before and after the regime. Moreover, we emphasized the influence of the regime towards the entire country until today. I believe that the presentation will inspire the youngster to learn about their country’s history and the elders to open up and share their experience.

        There are a lot of people living in the rural and isolated part of Cambodia such as the island. Kong Rong, the island that is two hours on a boat away from Sihanoukville Port is known to be one of the best places for tourists. However, on the other side of the island, there are many uneducated people including children. During our field trip, we learned that most families can’t afford their children to study further than grade 9 because it’s the only available grades on the island. Annually, Song Saa Foundation has brought in volunteers and experts to check the villager’s health mainly their teeth. Despite the communication problem, the organization help to cure much major health problem for those island people. This year I was a part of an exploration called Preventative Health. The other members and I did research and prepare an educational play to mainly teach the community about topics of the importance of eating the variety of food, teeth, and diabetes. We’ve reach out to most children in school because as we believe that they will be able to understand the content and share it with their parents and relative. Although it was a small action from our school, it was effective.

         A lot of students in Cambodia government school didn’t have the access to technology such as Camera or Computer. Filmmaking filed in Cambodia is rapidly growing, there are needed for Cambodia young filmmaker. The exploration called Filming with Government Students allows 10 government students to work closely with the eight Liger’s students to learn about how to make the film. In the course of seven weeks, they are learning about how to write a screenplay, storyboarding, using Camera and a little bit about acting. My teammates and I work closely with the students to ensure that they’re learning the contents and having fun with the new experience. With the help from Liger’s students, by the end of the project, they finalized with two short stories that were sent to the competition Phnom Penh Youth Film Festival (PPYFF). I am very proud of my team members, for providing such a rare experience to the government students and giving them the best curriculum as we possibly could, that inspire them to have a different perspective on filmmaking filed or might lead them to be apart of filming industry.

         This country continuously growing, there are numerous changes and development in the past few years. Nonetheless, this country isn’t perfect there are so much that could be done. I believe that changes start from yourself, and it doesn’t matter how old you are. This was such a brilliant school year, I’ve done so much as well as the other students. Yet, there are more to come next year, and I’m looking forward to it.

2015-2016

Hunting and illegal logging are one of the major problems in Cambodia as well as the world. Most people aren’t educated enough to understand the importance of wild animals and the forest. That is why the Liger students decided to take action. During this school year, a group of 13 students including me was learning about the wildlife in Cambodia. We have traveled to many different provinces in Cambodia and contacting with experts worldwide to deeply understand about the animals in the five classes such as mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. As a result, we have written a book called The Illustrated Guide to Wildlife of Cambodia. The book was written, illustrated, and translated by the Liger students. We have worked closely with Art in a Box organization to paint the animals and ecosystem in the books. The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport had agreed to help us distribute the books to every government school in Cambodia. With our books, children in Cambodia will have a better understanding of the animals in their country and hopefully, they will help to protect them. Lastly, I believe that everyone can make a difference, and it doesn’t matter how old you are.

Resourcefulness Week

We started this school year with a Resourcefulness Week. During that first week, we’ve learned many major skills and did a variety of activities such as; conducting a formal phone call, and skype meeting. We also learned to depend on our own and use our resources by navigating around Phnom Penh to solve real-life problems from figuring out places to buy chickpeas and a rugby ball to navigating the city and negotiating price.

SAIMUN 2017 (Vietnam)

Liger was invited to participate in the SAIMUN 2017 that was hosted by Renaissance International School Saigon, in Vietnam. Throughout the course of two days, I was representing Sweden in the Human Right Council (HRC). In HRC delegates debated on topics from the question of human rights and the administration of juvenile of justice, torture during police custody and pretrial detention, utilizing euthanasia in healthcare systems to, obliterating forced labor, human trafficking, along with removing child labor in all dimensions. Each delegate is required to write one resolution, but delegate can co-submitted as many as possible depend on the country’s position. This opportunity had exposed me to many new experiences such as first time ever traveling out of the country, making new friends, and communicating with people from different nations. 

Euthanasia – Resolution

Credit: JungMin LEE

Credit: Samaday Sek 

 

 

 

 

ISPPMUN 2016

This year, Liger is honored to participate in the ISPPMUN 2016. I was the delegate of Australia in the Environmental Commission (EC). Throughout the conference, we’ve debated on various topics from the question of protecting animals rights across borders, deforestation in Southeast Asia, to combatting urban pollution. The other delegates and I, discussed, debated to compromised reasonable solutions based on our country point of view.

The Question of Deforestation in Southeast Asia – Resolution

ISPPMUN 2016

Credit: Samady Sek

 

Cambodia wildlife day

On Cambodia wildlife day Niron and I asked to present the animal guidebook. We were presenting for a lot of university students and people from the Ministry of the Environment and the minister. We were mainly talking about what inspired us to write the book? Why we’re just a 12-13-year-old kids want to write a wildlife book? Despite it’s not my first time presenting to a lot of people but I was still very nervous. We also sold a lot of books and some other products. It was a great opportunity for us to join this event and share our experiences with other people.

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Mysterious Talent

Our exploration are mainly focus on trying to find Cambodian’s people talent. We are trying to show it to the world by creating a video and post them on Youtube. In this project we’ve been to four provinces such as Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Kampot, and Kep.

Check out our Youtube Channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9dQiB4H14TpGYcLoMT9gw/videos

STEM

Currently, we are studying about cell. To help us understand more, we’ve did a few experiment such as looking at the chicken’s wings and onion, the other experiment was extracting banana DNA. We divided into two groups. One group were looking at the chicken wings and the other group were looking at the onion. After the experiment I’ve learn that the chicken also have five fingers born like human! For the extracting banana DNA we were working in pair. It was really amazing to see DNA of the banana.

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Fiction Writing

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This round of exploration, the students are choosing their own topic to study about. Sopor and I come up with an idea of writing the fiction story for Cambodia kids. Our book is 12 chapters long which is about 30 pages. The book will be in two languages Khmer and English, including the black and white painting. We want to write this book, because we think that there are not many good fiction book for Cambodian kids. Our books are mainly for kids who are 10-14 year old. We spend most of our time in class writing the story, our biggest challenges were, how can we add Cambodia’s culture into the story and sometimes we have a bit of problem combine the two ideas. Even though, we have the smallest group compared to the other exploration, but we never run out of ideas for writing.

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For more experience Sopor and I and the other three girls went to join Kampot Reader and Writer Festival. Kampot Reader and Writer take place in Kampot which involved many different author and people to come and share their experiences. In the festival we meet a group of ladies in session that talk about Cambodia Women Writer. They had mentioned that in the past women in Cambodia were not allowed to go to school so, they were not highly educated. As the time had developed women rights in Cambodia changed that women and men have the same rights. Also Sopor and I were invited to read and share our story to people that join the Cambodia Women Writer session.

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