On October 13, 2017, I went to the place where many Cambodian, who experienced the Khmer Rouge regime, are afraid to go, the Choeung Ek Killing Field. I went there with two friends, Sreyneang and Kimseng and two teachers from Melbourne Girls Grammar school in Australia, Nathalie and Matt. It was hard for me as a Cambodian new generation to visit such a painful, and crucial place. I visited it once and I already experienced it. Before I went there for the second time, I am aware of the events and things that I will see. But everytime I step in the killing field, I felt like I was in the regime and I can see everything that happened on this place. Last time I visited it, there is a tour guide touring us around the campus. This time, I get to use the audio. It is a very different experience. By listening to the audio, it dig me deeper into my heart and I felt more pain as I listened to victims explaining and sharing their own experience. How would you feel walking on the grass and stepping on the place where ten of thousands of Cambodian includes, intellectual, soldiers, women, and kids were executed. Sad, depress, miserable, sorrowful, and more feeling causes me to stop the tour. But, I kept reminding myself that I have to be strong and I should continue my journey in this because by learning about it, I can prevent the history to repeat itself. As a change agent, I would change Cambodia and won’t let this horrible events happen on my country again.
“Life is short. Time is fast. No replay. No rewind. So enjoy every moments as it goes.” This is our sixth years learning at this distinctive and unusual school. This school year starts with a week of resourceful. We were learning on different ways on being resourceful with everything around us, our teachers, our friends, the friends of our friends, etc. Part of the resourceful week, we were ask to navigate around the capital city of Phnom Penh in order to complete the mission that were given. We need to find our own transportation, bargain prices, buying objects, contacting people, and using map to navigate around. We learned a lot and are feeling more confident going and traveling around the city now. It is a very fun experience and at the same time, useful experience.
I am a 14 years old boy who is curious about my country. I see my country differently from other people. I see many immense issues that need to be solved while some people look above and ignore it. Cambodia is a very beautiful place and everyone is friendly. I can describe all the positive things about Cambodia all day long, but I can even talk longer about issues that have been ignored.
I am one of the TEDx speaker spotlighting the issues of illegal fishing and the decreasing of Cambodian ocean biodiversity. I was there suggesting different idea and are focusing on turning the illegal fishermen into algae farmers. I believe that algae farming can be an alternative livelihood for those competitive fishermen and beside making punishing them, instead believe in them and accept them as a victims.
I was there reminding people about our country and as a new generation, try to solve and prevent those problems to happen. Don’t ignore those problems and instead, finding more issue to solve.
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The time has come again, a few days ago, on the weekend, I was participating the International School of Phnom Penh Model United Nation. Last year was my first time participate and representing the country of Greece and this years, I came back to the events again as the delegation of Republic of the Union of Myanmar. This year, I was in the committee of the Junior General Assembly 2 showcasing three topics that are associated with providing better education, protecting animal rights and limiting the use of large dams. This year, I felt really proud of myself and especially to the work that I have put into preparing with all the researches and writing in order to be ready for it. Compare to last year, I felt like I become more active in the assembly, I raised a lot of POI and ask a lot of questions too. From each year to another, I felt more confident and enjoy doing it. I am looking forward to join this event again next year. See you soon ISPPMUN 2017!
For every Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00 pm I have a class called the Independent Discovery. I used this class to worked on math questions, prepare for math quiz, working on Khanacademy, learning for the upcoming lessons. This class is really helpful for me because I learned more about math and I feel more prepared when ever there is an random upcoming quiz.
This is just a simple example of a activities I did:
On 16 September, 2016 I and other classmate participate on the first day of Startup Weekend. But, what is actually a Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening.
This year the Startup Weekend topic is about education. It was so great to join this incredible events. On the first day just was just an introduction. Participant were all playing ice-breaking game so we all are happy and get to know each other better. On that day we also break into teams just to let out some idea about business and pitch to the judge. They gives us crazy idea such as sunny toilet, pizza cat, sad sandwich etc. So the first pitch need to reflect to those topic. Then at last participant we giving opportunity to do the pitch to everyone about the plan that they come up to change the education in Cambodia. So, some people were talking about building an app, website, games, songs and activities. For me, my idea is to include STEAM activity into our learning curriculum. After everyone pitching their idea, it is time for voting. The judge choose top ten best vote and that idea will be past. Unfortunately, my idea didn’t past but it was a really good experience. That was all about the first day.
On the second day, everyone were divided into teams to plan out the business model (business plan) and going out talking people to find the data. My team name Sna Dai Seavpov Khmer (SSK). For my team we are working on building the apps and website for Cambodia authors who had less opportunity to sell their book to sell it to Cambodia students through bookstore. On the same day I went outside and try to interview local book store to find out what types of book that sell most. I find out that I learn so many things in this event. Many main skills like Collaboration, networking, dot connecting, communication were some skills that I gain from working with teammates and going outside and meet new people.
Last day everyone is still working for almost the whole day again. We need to make the presentation for the judge. So, at about five in evening every team are taking turn to give a presentation about the business to the judge. Then it comes the voting time. Again, unfortunately my team is not in the top three that the judge choose.
It was a fantastic experience for me and I will join this event again next year.
On 15, August 2016 I and my two other friends were interviewed by the television program called “Be Smart Clean Environment.” The main question that I need to answer is how renewable energy helps to decrease the pollution in Cambodia. It was a really tough questions and we need to do it in Khmer. But finally everything worked really well. I chose the topic about the biodigester and my other two friends chooses the hydro power and wind energy. It takes me about a week to get the idea and finding good reasons to support the main idea. Finally I got this.
I get to talk about biodigesters and how it can be an effective way to solve the renewable problems in Cambodia.
I positively think that Biodigesters will be the great renewable energy that can decrease the pollution in Cambodia. But first what is a biodigester? Biodigesters are a type of renewable energy that uses the animal’s poo to create gas, which is used mostly for cooking and lights. I think that Biodigesters are a great solution. Let’s check out some benefits of using biodigesters. They save money, save time, are green and make a better environment and are good for people’s health. Let’s see how it also helps to decrease pollution. Most Cambodian people use firewood to cook. While cooking, you can see a lot of smoke caused by burning the firewood. Imagine how bad for your lungs it is if you breathe in all that bad smoke from firewood. But if you cook with the gas from a biodigester, it is harmless to your health. What if the smoke spread outside of your home, to the air? That will 100% create the pollution. But if we used biodigesters instead of cooking with firewood it will make our environment clean. Another connection to this. Where does firewood come from? All firewood comes from cutting down huge trees in the forest. If we stop using firewood and instead use biodigesters there will be less trees cut down. Trees are a great natural resource for us humans. No matter small or big, trees are an agent that help to clean the environment. If trees are cut to make firewood then we are losing the agency whose job it is to clean the environment. So if we start using the biodigester more, trees will not be cut down and our environment will become cleaner. Ergo, if we start using biodigesters, it helps to decrease the pollution and our environment will becoming greener.
When the interview started I got frighten and scare. But after getting involving with the MC and the camera I get really comfortable. Therefore, finally everything go smoother than what I expected.
On every Monday and Tuesday I spend an hour learning about designing object from Blender. Blender is application that we can design our own objects. Blender gives us many option to choose so I encourage everyone to use Blender.
Minion is the first object that I designed using Blender.
This is the second book that I wrote. It is about the carbon cycle. It took my partner and I about a month in order to finish the process. We start of by choosing our favorite subject to write. Fortunately, we both boiled the topic and finally decided to choose carbon cycle. In the book, we wrote a story of a character named Carbon, and it journey through the cycle. We need to draw our own pictures. After finish with all the writing and the editing, we use Blurb Book-Write as a platform to display our book.
I have a very strong passion in science. Moreover, I am satisfying learning about natural disaster. This is my first Independent Discovery and it about how engineer have improve the technology in order to prevent or stop the harmfulness of natural disasters.
I have discovered that there is a technology in Japan that can protect the city from getting affected. The technology is called Twin Wing Tsunami Barrier. Also, there is a system called Tsunami Warning System, which warn the citizens about any information about the tsunami disasters.
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