Thursday, March 5, 2009

The 2nd Regional Science and Technology Camp

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), in cooperation with the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize the 2nd Regional Science and Technology Camp. The event will open on 25th February until the 5th March at the Cambodian Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), in Phnom Penh.

The 2nd Regional Science and Technology Camp was prepared by the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA Cambodia) with support from the Japanese Funds in Trust, the University of Indonesia, LEGO Education and Tokyo Institute of Technology.

The camp was attended by children aged between 12-15 years from nine different countries in the Asia and Pacific Region including Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.

Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, has warmly welcomed and expressed his heartfelt greetings and hospitality to all national and international delegates and children from the partner countries in the region who have attended this event.

“Through this culture, they will be able to access training and education systems which also would allow them to have practical knowledge. Furthermore, it encourages and promotes regional cooperation and understanding of the diversity of cultures in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, in order for the children to create better friendships, solidarity and cooperation in the region as well as in the world. This would not only be meaningful for them, but also for the young generation,” Im Sothy said during opening remarks delivered to the 2nd Regional Science and Technology Camp on February 27.

The Minister said this event promotes science and technology education for the children via partnership building and exchange of scientific knowledge in the region, especially between children of developed and developing countries who are given opportunities to practice and interact in harmony.

The camp also illustrates the establishment of a culture of science for the children in Southeast Asia who do not receive enough opportunities in science and technology education like the children in developed nations do.

“We hope that for the next generation the issue of “Development and Equity” will be bettered and addressed soundly in a sustainable way, and the attitude “CAN-DO” will be fostered.

The Minister pointed out that global history has proved that there is a strong relation between economic growth and the development of science and technology. Countries whose sciences and technologies play a leading role in development usually have developed economies and societies, and in return their economic growths help promote the development of sciences and technologies. “Encouraging children to say in school is a priority for MoEYS. Although science and technology education has not been yet been incorporated into the country’s priority policies, MoEYS has paid attention and is fundamentally committed to this sector,” he said.

Lav Chhiv Eav, Rector of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said that the event will provide a good opportunity for our students from various high schools of Cambodia and other countries in the region to learn, to live, to share experience and to work together in the field of science and technology.

“I believe that the Second Regional Science and Technology Camp will be successful and useful for all of us and the Camp will continue annually to promote the science and technology activities locally and globally,” he said.

Teruo Jinnai, UNESCO Representative in Cambodia, said that science and technology is a key to development.

The UNESCO Representative said the event shows the unity in commitment toward the promotion of science and technology for the young generations. He pointed out that nowadays, governments, nations and regions faced a number of challenges, for example how they can attain the Millennium Development Goals, cope with climate change, how to improve natural resources management and strengthen disaster preparedness, and how to respond to the voices of young people seeking a brighter and better world.
“We strongly believe that the new generations are our most valuable assets to re-generate social and economic development. The enhancement of knowledge in science and technology will provide them with a key tool to ensure the sustainability of the development not only in Asia and the Pacific, but also in the world,” he said.

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