Chhunnay Learns about Education, Environment, and Networking at the 3rd ASEAN Excellent Camp in Thailand
My name is BIN Chhunnay. I am a PEPY scholarship student (starting in 2016) and now I am PEPY’s ICT Teaching Assistant. From July 15-20, 2018 I went to Thailand after being accepted into the 3rd ASEAN Excellent Camp, a cultural exchange organized by Chao Praya University including participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Thailand.
The most important things that I learned from this camp were about the Sustainable Development Goals, Time Management, and Networking. For the SDGs I was especially interested in quality of education (SDG 4) and life on land (SDG 15). They said that education is not only at school, it is wherever that we think we can learn. I also got to learn a lot about the education systems in other participants’ countries. As for life on land, I learned about the relationship between elephants and forests. The hotel where the workshop was held feeds elephants and they are protecting the forest as well. To motivate us to practice good time managem ent, facilitators said that Earth needs us to help urgently, and finishing our tasks on time helps other people and the environment as well. I also learned about how to communicate and network with people from other countries, and was very excited to learn about their cultures and histories. This workshop empowered me to be better changemaker for my community, especially in encouraging children and youth to value education so they can learn more about the region, world, and environment.
There are a few people that inspired me in this workshop like Farah and Danish (Malaysian students) and teacher Mean Sothy (lecturer at USEA) about their life challenges. Both students from Malaysia are so brave and very creative despite being 16 years old, so they inspired me to study harder and be more creative like them. Mean Sothy amazed with his ability to motivate us all to work hard and connect with other people.
One lesson from this event that I will share to current Learning Center students is about effective leadership skills so they can be even more prepared and motivated to develop their communities and their country as well.