How I Changed Cambodia 2018-2019

As a 14 years old girl in Cambodia, we shouldn’t really think change in Cambodia. However, we aren’t waiting for tomorrow; we are changing our own country now. Liger has provided students many opportunities to experience and explore new things and their passion throughout the project which we call exploration. Exploration is a project-based learning experience focused on finding solutions to real-world problems where students work together in groups to explore relevant, often complex questions problem or challenge. Change Agent is a very meaningful word to me, a very inspirational word to me. When I come to learn at Liger I’ve realized that I did make a lot of change for my country. Being a change a gent is not just about how much you understand about the world or country. In fact, it’s about how much you putting effort in contribute it outside to the world. As a young learner and a young generation of Cambodia, I’ve contributed many change to my own country. Even though, it is just a small but to me it means a lot and I’m really honored to these contributions. Below are just some project and experiences I make for Cambodia this year. Enjoy reading.

Khmer Traditional food exploration is a project which basically study Khmer food and helps to promoted Khmer food back. In this exploration, I’ve learned a lot such as skills, to know my goals clearer, interview skills, etc….. In the first few weeks we research and find a restaurant that serves Khmer food and we try to contact them and go visit their restaurant. We’ve sent email to a lot of restaurants but there is only three restaurant that response us back which are Mahob restaurant, Cuisine Wat Domnak, and Sugar Palm. All of those restaurants are located in Siem Reap. Then, we decided to take a trip to Siem Reap for 4 days. The goal of this exploration is to explore more about our own traditional food and how it creates. Also, we want to engaged more with the chef and interview them about their life and their background before they become a chef. Moreover we want to about their feeling as well as their perspective as chef and we also want to know more their challenges and experience as a chef. After interview the chef. I can see that being a chef is not easy but people don’t really see them that way, they don’t give value to the chef, they don’t really support them. However being a chef is very important because either the food is healthy or it can make you sick is depends on the chef. So, this is very important that we should help and spread the words to the people change their mind and start to support the job as a chef. By doing this it will help to encourage as well as to empower to keep doing what they are doing which also help to conserve Khmer food.


Another great project is Indigenous Community exploration which is a project to research and learn about some indigenous groups in Cambodia. For this round we only focus on two indigenous group which are Kui ( Preah Vihear) and Steing ( Kratie). There are 9 theme to focus on and learn about. They are ceremony, food, geography, norm/belief, education/ healthcare, economy/daily life, language, music/art and people/ environment. The goals of this exploration help to promote and preserve indigenous groups. Throughout this exploration we also want to improve our interview skills, writing skills, photography skills, designing skill and video skills. At the end of this exploration we publish a book of Kui community and video of Steing community that help to promote those indigenous group . In order to accomplish this, we went to Preah Vihear and Kratie which we went directly to their community to interview them to collect the information and videos to create the book and to put it on our blog to help to promote their community. I think this exploration had impact a lot to Cambodia because some students and other people don’t even know about what indigenous group is which is a problem that as they are a young Cambodian and they don’t know about indigenous people in their own country. So, by published the books and videos is very beneficial for people.

Last but not least, Khmer Model United Nation(Khmer MUN) is also one of the great experiences to have. Khmer MUN is an event where the delegate of the country come together and find a proper solution the country that they represents based on the perspective of the country. In a conference there will 20 to 30 delegate with 2 to 3 topics. First the delegate will given the speech about the country perspectives on the topic that has given. Then each delegate will come together with the other delegate to make the resolutions for the topics that they have a strong perspectives with. After, the delegates finish making the resolutions. The debate time will start which the main submitter will come up and give a talk and read the resolutions. Then, the co submitter will come up and give the talks on a resolution that they really agree and wants the other other delegate to vote for. Then, the other delegates can come up and give a talks about a resolution that they disagree with or they want to delete which they need to convince the other delegate to vote for. The delegates can also make amendments to delete, change or add to the resolution and send to the chair of the conference. As it was the first time for me to join Khmer MUN it was a bit complex for me but it’s not that complex since I’m pretty comfortable doing in Khmer. It’s great to know more people and work with the other people. I think this one way  to help Cambodian children to be more confident in public speaking. Also, it a great ways to help young Cambodian children to learn to work with other to create a change or create a good resolution to help their own country as well as the world.

ការតែងសេចក្ដីបែបពន្យល់​ “ ងើយស្កកឱនដាក់គ្រាប់”

ក្រឡេកមើលទៅវាលស្រែដ៏លឿងទុំដែលគ្របដណ្ដប់ទៅដោយគួរស្រូវ ។​ បើយើងក្រឡេកមើលទៅគួរស្រូវនីមួយ​ៗ វាប្រាកដជាមានភាពខុសគ្នាហើយ ។ នៅក្នុងនោះមានគួរស្រូវពីបែបដែលយើងគួរកត់សម្គាល់ មួយគឺដើមស្រូវដែលឈរត្រង់ និងមួយទៀតគឺដើមដែលរាងកោងចុះទៅដី ​។ បន្ថែម  នឹងនោះទៀតអ្នកប្រាកដជាឃើញដើមស្រូវដែលឈរត្រង់គឺមានគ្រាប់តិចជាងដើមស្រូវដែលកោងចុះហើយ ។ ដូច្នេះហើយបានជាមានសុភាសិតមួយដែលបានលើកឡើងថា​ “ងើយស្កក​ ឱនដាក់គ្រាប់” ។​ តើសុភាសិតដែលបានចែងខាងលើមានអត្ថន័យយ៉ាងដូចម្ដេចខ្លះ? 


ដើម្បីជាប្រទីបបភ្លឺផ្លូវទៅដល់ការបកស្រាយសុភាសិតមួយនេះយ៉ាងពិស្ដារ យើងគួរយល់នូវ   ពាក្យគន្លឹះមួយចំនួនជាមុនសិន ដូចជា ស្កក និង ឱន ។ ពាក្យថា ស្កក គឺជាការសំកកនៅដោយមិនបានផលអ្វីសោះ ។ រីឯពាក្យថា ​ឱន គឺជាការបន្ទាបខ្លួន ឬ បង្អោនកាយចុះ ។ ដូចដែលបានលើកឡើងនូវសុភាសិតខាងលើ ។ បើតាមន័យសាមញ្ញធម្មតា ស្រូវណាដែលឱនចុះគឺជាគួរស្រូវដែលលូតលាស់ល្អមានគ្រាប់ស្រូវច្រើននិងជួយផ្ដល់ផលយ៉ាងល្អទៅដល់កសិករ ។ រីឯគួរស្រូវដែលងើយត្រង់យើងមិនសូវមើលឃើញមានគ្រាប់ច្រើនទេគឺវាលូតលាស់មិនសូវល្អទេ ហើយមិនសូវផ្ដល់ផលទៅដល់កសិករនោះឡើយ ។ ទន្ទឹមនឹងនោះដែរ បើធៀបទៅនឹងសង្គមសព្វថ្ងៃ មនុស្សណាដែលអង់អាច កោងកាច មិនយល់ពីគេ មានអំនួតលើខ្លួនឯង ។ មនុស្សប្រភេទនេះយើងមិនសូវជាឃើញអ្នកផងទាំងឡាយចូលចិត្តនិងស្រលាញ់រាប់អាននោះទេ ។ រីឯមនុស្សដែលចេះដាក់ខ្លួនឱ្យតម្លៃអ្នកដទៃ គោរពអ្នកដទៃគឺតែងតែទទួលបាននូវការគោរពស្រលាញ់និងកោតសរសើរពីអ្នកនៅជុំវិញខ្លួនជានិច្ច ។ ជាការពិតណាស់មនុស្សដែលអួតខ្លួន ឈ្លើយ មើលងាយគេគឺមិនសូវទទួលបានភាពជោគជ៏យប៉ុន្មានទេ ។ ដូចដែលពាក្យមួយដែលគេតែងនិយាយថា​ មនុស្សដែលគ្រអើតគ្រទមតែងតែត្រូវគេជាន់ពន្លិច ។ រីឯអ្នកដែលចិត្តល្អតែងតែត្រូវគេលើក     តម្កើង ។ ជាទឡ្ហីករណ៍បើយើងជាមនុស្សឈ្លើយប្រើសម្ដីមិនល្អទៅកាន់នរណាំម្នាក់នោះនោពេលដែលយើងត្រូវការឱ្យគេជួយអ្វី គេប្រាកដជាមិនជួយយើងនោះទេ ។ ផ្ទុយទៅវិញបើយើងចេះទុកដាក់សម្ដី  ដោយនិយាយទន់ភ្លន់នោះនៅពេលយើងមានធុរ់ៈអ្វីមួយនោះគេនឹងចាំជួយយើងជានិច្ច ។ ដើម្បីឱ្យកាន់តែច្បាស់យើងគួរក្រឡេកមើលទៅតួអង្គ នាយភាត្រា(នាយសំពៅ) ដែលត្រូវជាស្វាមីរបស់នាងលក្ខិណា នាយភាត្រាគឺជាមនុស្សដែលអួតក្អេងក្អាងមើលងាយភរិយារបស់ខ្លួន ដោយថានាងមិនចេះទុកដាក់   ទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិ គិតថាមានតែខ្លួនឯង ហើយហ៊ានប្ដូ្ភរភរិយាខ្លួនជាមួយនឹងភរិយារបស់ចៅមាណពដែលគេហៅថាជាស្រីកញ្ជើធ្លុះ ។ នៅទីបញ្ជប់នាយភាត្រាដែលធ្លាប់តែមានទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិស្ដុកស្ដម្ភ ត្រូវបានក្លាយជាអ្នកក្រដោយសារតែមានអំនួតលើខ្លួនឯងពេក ហើយដោយសារការមិនចេះទុកដាក់របស់នាងខាត់ ។ រីឯនាងលក្ខិណាក្រោយបានក្លាយជាភរិយារបស់ចៅមាណព នាងចេះទុកចេះដាក់នៅទ្រព្យសម្បតិ្តទាំងអស់យ៉ាងមានរបៀប ។ មិនត្រឹមតែប៉ុណ្ណោះនាងមានទំនាក់ទំនងយ៉ងស្និទស្នាលជាមួយនឹងអ្នកផងរបងជាមួយនាងទៀតផង ដោយការចែករំលែកគ្នាទៅវិញទៅមក ។ 


សរុបមកវិញយើងឃើញថា កាលណាដែលយើងចេះដាក់ខ្លួនគោរពអ្នកដទៃ ឱ្យតម្លៃអ្នកដទៃនោះយើងនឹងមានអ្នកលើកតម្កើង ស្រលាញ់ចូលចិត្តច្រើនជាមិនខាន ប៉ុន្តែបើយើងជាមនុស្សដែលអួតអាងយើងនឹងមិនមាននរណាម្នាក់ចង់រាប់អាន និង នៅក្បែរនោះទេ មិនថាយើងមានដំណែង ឬ ឋានៈ   ខ្ពស់យ៉ាងណាក៏ដោយ ។ 


បើតាមការអធិប្បាយយ៉ាងពិស្ដារខាងលើបានបំភ្លឺបញ្ចាំងយ៉ាងជាក់ថាសុភាសិតមួយនេះពិតជាមានអត្ថន័យអប់រំយ៉ាងយ៉ាងជ្រាលជ្រៅទៅដល់បគ្គុលនីមួយៗឱ្យចេះរស់នៅដោយដើរទៅតាមគន្លង   ក្រមសីលធម៌ដោយគ្មានការរើសអើងឬក្រអើតក្រទមណាមួយឡើយ ។ ជាចុងបញ្ចប់ក្នុងនាមជាកូនខ្មែរ យើងគួរតែបន្តដើរទៅតាមគន្លងមួយនោះកុំបីខាន ។ ហើយត្រូវដឹងថារាល់សកម្មភាព ឬ អកប្បកិរិយាណាមួយសុទ្ធតែអាចជះឥទ្ធិពលទៅបុគ្គលផ្សេងៗ ជានិច្ច ។ ដូច្នេះត្រូវធ្វើអ្វីដែលត្រូវប្រសើរជាងធ្វើអ្វីដែលនាំឱ្យស្ដាយក្រោយ ។ 

Marine Theatre

            Marine Theatre exploration is a 7 weeks projects that learning and researching about marine life in Cambodia. The goal of the exploration is to create a final plays that show about the problems that threaten to marine life and how it affects the country as well as the humans. 

          In order to create a play or a performance, we’ve learned a lot about marine life, the impact on marine life as well as learning about performance skills. We also learn about how to do snorkeling. Then we went on a trip to Koh Seh to an organization called Marine Conservation Cambodia(MCC) to snorkel around and see different creatures. We also talked to the MCC staff and ask some questions about the problem that is happening now and the goal of the MCC and the last section that we did on Koh Seh was cleaning up the beach.

         When we come back from Koh Seh we started to brainstorm the ideas to create which we have to find the main problem that the play could help to convince people to help and protect the ocean. Throughout the process of creating a play, we also divided into different roles such as director, director assistant, stage designer, costume designers, actor, tour management, script writer and media communication. As I am a director assistant, I need to be responsible in helping each roles when they needed something and I had to check in and out with the team make sure everything was okay. Also, I need to look at the actor make sure they have everything they need for the play. After the plays has created we had performed the play  for Monkey School and the Kep Garden school. 

          Last, I think this could really impacted on the country especially Cambodia. It’s really helpful to young learner to know about what’s happening in our country and how people trying to help Cambodia. Also, to learn about marine life is really important because most of the people don’t really know about marine which is something that they saw everyday. I hope to share more about marine life more to the people in Cambodia as well as other countries.