Youth empowerment outside the classroom

Posted on: January 21, 2014 Posted by: Manin Oem Comments: 0

Youth empowerment outside the classroom

At PEPY, we believe that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. Scholarship students recently attended some exciting events, in which they developed their soft skills and made new friends.

Youth Lead Project

Youth Camp - HamaYouth Lead Project, a youth camp organized by Transparency International Cambodia, aims to promote good governance and build confident leaders. The camp was attended by five PEPY scholarship students, along with over 50 youths from 9 provinces.

Students learned about good governance, transparency, and accountability. They developed their leadership skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills. Students will put these skills to practical use by leading their own community improvement project.

“We had learnt a lot like building confidence, how to work with new people, how to interview people, leadership, making plan, and writing proposal. If have the camp like this next time we would love to join again.” – Chin Chunnly, Tung Hama, Kev Channa, Skut Savoeng, and Chhon Konhing

Psychology workshop

Aimed at helping participants build soft skills, this workshop was facilitated by Mr. Chhun Dara, PhD in psychology.

Students learned how to make friends, how to understand others through observation, how to persuade others, how to think positively, and how to live with happiness and dignity.

“I will take all points above to practice in my daily life because I believe that all those help me on communication with others strongly like talking or speaking in positive way, keep smiling, don’t interrupt other talking. One thing I will practice how to give feedback to friend and how to behave good to other.” – Thor Sina and Thy Sokpheaktra


Khmer TalksKhmerTalks is an idea-sharing event held biannually. This forum featured four speakers:

  1. “Journey to Bangladesh” by Duth Kimsru, Dream Project Coordinator at PEPY
  2. “Skills and Leadership Development Technique” by Ven Hok, Deputy Chief at Siem Reap International Airport
  3. “Life and Work” by Khim Pisey, Managing Director of Women’s Resource Center
  4. “Love” by Has Piseth, entrepreneur and educator

“All the speakers in the KhmerTalk event were very good, I am happy to hear about their story. Among of those speakers, my favorite was Ms. Khim Pisey that talks about ‘Life and Work’. She had shared about her real life, she is from poor family, even her family doesn’t have much money but she struggle to study until finished Grade 12. Even she fail Grade 12 exam but she never quit, she work so hard from the cleaner become a director at “Woman Resource Center”. Her real story motivates me a lot.” – Chhom Lek