Changing Cambodia 2015-2016

Cambodia is a developing country so that means Cambodia is changing. These are the things I think that need to be changed in Cambodia:
– Education system
– Every kid should go to school
– Labour
– Plastic pollution
– Crimes
I think Cambodia need to fix the curriculum because how they teach students today isn’t the best way of teaching. A teacher just basically write a lot of text on the board and the students copy it into their books. Then the teacher talks a bit about the lesson and the students can ask any question that they have. I don’t think it is a good way of teaching something. The curriculum should include activities and potentially projects that student can work on. For example, if they are learning about potential energy, the student can be working a roller coaster project because it helps them understand about potential energy. Not every kid in Cambodia goes to school. A lot of the time, it’s because of poverty and because of poverty, kids under 18 go to do some type of work to support their family. People use a lot of plastics nowadays and it pollutes the environment. People in Cambodia doesn’t know about the impacts of plastics and they just use it. Another problem is, after they use the plastic bags or other plastic materials, they throw it everywhere. I think the only way to change that is educating people. Education is a big thing in Cambodia. A lot of people aren’t educated in Cambodia. The next change is Crimes. Everyday in Cambodia there’s a robbing happened and it’s really bad. There’s also illegal fishing happening and it is a big crime in Cambodia. I think the only way to fix this problem is of course, educating people. A lot of people in Cambodia are fishermen. They are uneducated and they wants a lot of fish everyday so they do illegal fishing activities to get a lot of fish. They don’t know about the bad impact on the environment so we should educate them so they stop doing illegal fishing activities. Another crime is robbing and stealing. People do those things because they are uneducated and there’s no job for them. I’ve talked a lot with people about crimes and plastic waste. All of the people I’ve talked with thinks that education is the only way to fix those problems. This year, I’ve been in a lot of projects and one of them is “Hidden Voices.” In this project, my team went to places around Cambodia and record old songs that people knows. Basically what we try to do is to take old songs that not a lot of people knows about and bring it to the present so the songs are not gone forever. One more change that I made this year to Cambodia is when some of my friends and I made a documentary about Cambodia fisheries and the problems in Cambodia’s marine ecosystem. The documentary got an award for the best documentary in the Phnom Penh Youth Film Festival. Now my video is being broadcast on a TV channel to everyone all around Cambodia so everyone know about the problem in Cambodia.We also show that on Sharation so now a lot of people knows about illegal fishing and how bad it is so they will not do it. I think that is a change for Cambodia because a lot of people knows how bad is illegal fishing and what to do instead so they will not do it. Last but not least is a project that 4 of my friend and I have started and it is Film making with government school student. Cambodia have a lack for the film industry and I wanted to change that because I think filmmaking helps us a lot with creativity and I love making films because it is fun. So the five of us that knows how to make films started this project to make some films with kids in Cambodia so they know how to make films. That project will start in November 2016 so we didn’t make any changes yet but we are starting.

Marine Conservation Exploration

This exploration is about the ocean in Cambodia. The goal of the exploration is to make a “Proposal for a Feasibility Study of Algal Farming as an Alternative Livelihood for Cambodian Fishermen.” Cambodia is facing a big problem with illegal fishing. People do trawling, over-fishing and other bad fishing technique. So the “Proposal for a Feasibility Study of Algal Farming as an Alternative Livelihood for Cambodian Fishermen” is a report that we made to show Dom, our country director, to let us do a one year long project to study about Algal farming. We think algal farming is a great alternative for fishermen. Algal farming is when people grow algae and sell it to companies. We had a trip to an island called Koh Seh. It is where Marine Conservation Cambodia(MCC) tries to protect. We spend five days on that island and we did all of the fun stuff like snorkeling, scuba diving and watch documentaries. After the trip,  some of my friends and I worked on a video about the whole trip to show Dom what we did. Some of my friends and I worked on a podcast about Marine conservation. This exploration is one of my favorite project I’ve done in Liger.


Check out what we did on the island:

Check out the podcast we made:

  • On our last night there, we went to enjoy the sunset.