Project Little Dream to a Massive Impact

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, Nelson Mandela.  

Education is really important but the problem is rural schools don’t have access to those materials that can lead students to success. As an agent for change, this needs to be changed, I can’t let this problem continue.  

By the word of CHANGE, there are 2 points that I did last year to impact my country. It may not be a big impact but for Cambodia to be a developed country is a stepping stone.

Project Little Dreams was an impact project of our alumni, Sreyneang Oun. The project name was straightforward, she is creating this project to give hopes and dreams to students in the rural area to become a change agent of Cambodia as the students of Liger Leadership Academy. To be specific, we have chosen to work with the old school our alumni studied at, called “Tnoat.” So, our mission is to create activities for classroom learning. We will introduce the student’s fun activities but yet educational. The one and only one vision for our project are “Make education more enjoyable, people think about change and build leaders in my community”. 

The biggest goal for the project is to experiment with a project-based-learning style with those kids.

Today is the day that I have to come to class proudly, ready to work, and ready to change. The team and I work together in finding fun activities just to test them at the first stage. They are just kids between the ages of 8 and 12, we can’t be too serious with them, so those fun activities would help so much. “The best way to make children good is to make them happy”, Oscar Wilde. Plus, we’re bringing them some of our old books, and let’s see if those students are the bookworms. 

A week passes by, we have gathered all the activities we compromise moreover start testing them with the students. It was fun visiting their school for the first time because I get to spend my wonderful time with kids which I don’t usually do. All went pretty well, they enjoyed the activities and, most importantly, they were so kind, friendly and showed us a great deal of respect as their teachers.

It’s just an attempt on them, said our mentor. I already know there’s more work to come but everything is possible as a change agent. 

The time to work on our main project goal had come. Since we wanted to experiment with the project-based-learning style, we were thinking of an environmental workshop. It is not easy to think of what to include in the workshop but because of our determination and effort, we managed to make everything achievable. Poster teaching will be included in our workshop followed by more fun activities related to our theme, the environment. 

What is poster teaching? Our team will create posters teaching the students about the cause and effect of climate change plus showing the heroes that have contributed to this huge issue surrounding the world. 

So, for the activities, we have come up with a bunch of ideas such as umbrella roll play to represent the importance of trees, trivia games after they are done with the poster section, videos explaining trash bins, and last but not least is a creative art where kids get a chance to express their creativity through art.  

It is a well-planned workshop by far without any obstacles and we are ready to convey all of our knowledge to them. 

The second trip has come and as a change agent, I’m always ready to face any complication. Same as the first trip, the students’ attitude does not change. They show respect to us, I can say even more than their teacher. This is warm for me as their visitor. I wish to see more Cambodian show this same attitude. 

The workshop has started and every single student at the school shows up to this event as they are ready to receive all the knowledge we conduct. We begin the workshop simply by dividing them into smaller groups. Each group has 15 minutes for activity including umbrella role play, trivia, watching educational videos, and poster teaching as we called, then they will rotate. We wanted to see their creativity, so we set it to 1 hour just only for the creative art section. I can see that everyone expresses their curiosity in trivia and educational videos. They seem to enjoy umbrella role-play activities so much because they get to play around with umbrellas. I was impressed so much by their creativity, they built a house out of cardboard and some drew many beautiful arts. Well, now I understand that “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, they tend to be so smart and ingenious but they never get a chance to display who they are to the world. This wants to make me cry knowing that they will have a bright future and I’m stepping one foot forward as a change agent. 

The workshop is done and I’m tired but seeing those kids smile and joy made me proud. We spent our last hour with kids playing soccer, drawing, and many more. Remember when I said, let’s see if those students are bookworms? Yes they are, their teacher told us that they always go into the library before class starts to read. They seem to remember our names clearly which is impressive. I don’t expect them to still remember our names in the next few months but let’s hope they remember how we make them happy just like a quote says, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” It was a good time spending with those students. I wish to see them again soon. 

Now that I have impacted others, have I done any impact on myself yet? Yes, I did a little but the biggest impact came during the quarantine. 

Well, let’s see what COVID had done to me. To be honest, being in quarantine changed me so much. It’s like I’m a new person now. I discovered my new passion which is architecture. As of now, I like being productive during the day, such as working out, doing some reading, spending time thinking about life, meditation, and more related to health and studying. One thing that I’m proud of the most is that I played fewer games during this pandemic time. The majority would say they hate quarantine but I like it. It changed me so much as a person to guide me for a bright future. 

You will succeed if you put in hard work and dedication.

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determination”. Start to change, make goals. Importantly do not procrastinate, it is always great to start early. But if you have no idea what to impact, just make somebody’s day, make them happy. Spreading information about important issues around the world through social media is also an impact you could start with. Just making someone happy is the easiest impact you can do.  

How Cambodia can be Change?

                  How I Change Cambodia

    Time is moving, People still thinking. Most of people don’t know what their plan for their future when they graduate from school and some don’t even know how will they help Cambodia due to one of the low economy countries. Technology is the main thing to help the economy grow. Due to that Marine Conservation is also one of the problems that Cambodia facing now.  I’m not so confident in talking about marine but I want to share and show people the problem about marine in Cambodia. In order to change or find a solution to any problem, we should understand the problem clearly first. 

 

Technology

The year of 2019 at Liger Leadership Academy, our students have used more technology on our school studies and we have noticed that since we use more of technology on our school work and homework, we have improved so much better and all of the students turn in their work on time on our study than when we just study using the only book. This means that technology has improved us so much that we can’t expect it to be but I wonder why some of the people still think that using technology destroyed the communication of people and I also respect the idea of why but if we use technology correctly on study work those things won’t happen unless people use it in the wrong way that it has created for us. Also, things on earth are not perfect, human does. Singapore is just a small country but their economy going so well compared to other big countries and a huge amount of population. And in their economy, they use technology to help a lot. Meaning that technology involved so much in the Singapore economy to help their country did well on the Economy. To add on, Technology in Cambodia is very low and not many people know how technology work and how to use it. I suggest to the government to include technology in the government school in the future and it would be better if they start it now. Technology has played a big role in developing but people don’t know about it and complain that it’s destroying people’s mindsets. Because most of the people only know that using technology is just using phone or PC as they did daily. I hope in the future Cambodia will grow as high as other countries in Asia too.

 

Marine Conservation

Liger Leadership Academy wanted all of their students to make changes for Cambodia. Liger had found many problems that Cambodia is facing now to let the students find a solution to those problems. So, Marine Theater had added as an Exploration. Marine Theatre is an exploration that combines both Marine and Plays together. In the exploration, we learned about Marine and the problem that our Ocean facing now in Cambodia. Then we turned what we had learned about Marine into a play to show people live in a coastal community. I’m glad that I had joined Marine exploration because I want to see all of the beautiful creatures underwater world such as Coral reef, Dolphin, Seahorse and more. But those expectations let me down. There’s not much more colorful coral reef, not much Dolphin still has in Cambodia and we can’t find a lot of Seahorse anymore. Because of Plastic pollution, illegal fishing and more than doing against law. Those things let my expectations down, but I want to change it to let people see it again and me either. Plastic pollution is not only happening in Cambodia but Oceans are connected, what we are doing to the Ocean it’s causing problems to the whole entire world. So, if you throw plastic into the ocean the plastic won’t go anywhere far from other country’s coast or another big issue is Sea Turtle will eat the plastic because they confuse it was jellyfish. After that, the plastic will be stuck in their lungs forever because plastic won’t break down until 1000 years and sea turtle can only live for 15 to 50 years. Illegal fishing is also one part of destroying our ocean. There are many habitats underwater for many different species to live such as seagrass, coral reef and more, also these habitats not only for different species to live but it’s also decorating our ocean to look prettier and colorful. Trawling is one of the illegal fishing types. When they go and trawl, their net not only catches the things that they need like some types of fish but the net catch everything that it touches. Seagrass and coral get destroyed by trawling mostly. Not only those habitats being destroyed by trawling, but also endangered species like dolphins, seahorse and some type of shark. Our ocean is being destroyed is one part of the problem but doing illegal fishing affects the local fisherman. Local fisherman won’t last with their job anymore if illegal fishing still happen. There’s no more fish in the shallow water for local fishermen to fish because people who are doing illegal fishing catch all the fish. By talking about this, I’m not pointing the finger to people who are doing illegal fishing to stop but I recommend them to just doing normal fishing like a local fisherman to make our ocean still alive. These are the problems that lead our Liger team to create plays and show to the people that live in a coastal community and learn how those problems affect our beautiful ocean and change it. 

 

Finally, it has come to the conclusion of this essay and I hope you like it and know how changing the country works. These two changes are just a small change for my country but if I don’t start it, so who will do it. Also if I make a small change and you participate with me to change to another small part then we can make a big change there. I make a small change, you make a small change and the world make another small change, our world will be better. Be the first change agent to influence the world. Lastly, this essay wants you to understand the problem that happens in common and change it. Thank you.   

 

    

 

Sharing People Story

                                                         Sharing People Story

This year 2018, at Liger Leadership Academy in the round 4 of the exploration ( before compost ) I have joined an exploration called Human of Cambodia. This exploration taught us about how to be comfortable with interview people or more comfortable to talk to the stranger about their life story. To ask about people life is not easy but we have to do it to change Cambodia.

In the exploration, we were doing/ so many things such as photography, complex and be more positive with the stranger. We have gone through any place (Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Takeo) and also we interview many people too (can’t count). Also of us doing great in taking photo and interview in the 7 weeks.

Human of Cambodia has made our student more comfortable to talk to a stranger. Our goal is to know people life story and share it with all Cambodian. How do we share to all Cambodian? We have made a blog of people life story that we have an interview and lets all Cambodian view it. Students share life story to the new generation of Cambodian because we all need them to know how hard of the old generation of Cambodia and we want them to explore all these things and think of their story or compare their life with the new generation, how different is it?. All the new generation should think if all of you were born on the time the old people born, can we stay in that situation and still alive nowadays?. We are all now are easy so we should try hard to study and change Cambodia.

This is what our goal was. In the future I want all the Cambodian to try hard on something and never give up on the thing you want. Human of Cambodia (HOC) want all Cambodian Children to be strong and study hard.

 

Plastic

                                                      How I change Cambodia

“Time is moving very fast, from a day to another day and time to time. There are some people who still don’t know well how to change their countries. But, there are also people who know well how to change and some are already changed their country. Anyways, how they changed their country?”

                                                                          Plastic
This year 2018, at Liger Leadership Academy we have many explorations and all of those are mostly about Changing Cambodia. On the last exploration nearby the end of the year, I have joined an exploration called Compost. If you heard the name of this exploration then you will think that this exploration is mostly about composting. But in this exploration, I am not just learned one thing but compost teaches me anything like plastic in the world, reduce waste from the kitchen and many other things.

Nowadays, plastic is using a lot in the whole entire world. But to change we need to change Cambodia first. Plastic is a thing that is helpful and also harmful too. So, here is a trouble. One thing that people believe to change is to abolish using plastic or plastic free but it is not a great way to change because plastic is also helpful for us. The thing that pops into my mind to change is to reduce it. How can we reduce it?

We can just replace plastic with the thing that is the same of the kind plastic you need and replace it with paper or fabrics. But better not to use paper because the paper made of tree and also if we cut tree the weather will be Change. It is not easy not using plastic. Also, all of this thing I have presented and told my community and I think that they will understand and now when I am going home I want a lot of more plastic in my community. I am happy to see my community have no much more plastic. In the future, I hope Cambodia will be not much more plastic and I’ll be the one who will make it better. Also if you want it to be better it will become from you. To change a thing you need to change yourself first.