Fundamental Freedoms in Cambodia

The Fundamental Freedoms Monitor from April 2017 to March 2018 was published two months ago. This report analyses how the three fundamental freedoms; of association, of expression and of assembly, were practiced over the period.

This was the second year of such a thorough and systematic monitoring process. The report also studied individual cases where personal liberty was unjustly infringed. The conclusion points to a progressive deterioration in the practice of these freedoms in Cambodia over the second year as compared with the first.

While the statistics back up the anecdotal evidence of a severe curtailment of the three freedoms over the last year, it is nonetheless interesting to observe how poorly Government officials and the public actually understand these three freedoms as they are enshrined in the Constitution.

Perhaps it would be worthwhile for international agencies working in Education here like JICA, VVOB and others along with the International and local NGOs to collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport through the Teacher Training Colleges to help ensure that the syllabus for the Civics and Morality studies includes these three fundamental freedoms. If the trainee teachers are clear about them, then their students will become clear about them. In this way families will become clear about them and civil society will be strengthened.

If these agencies ignore the Fundamental Freedoms Monitor, then they risk undermining the education development that they profess to be working for. Of course this includes Jesuit Service Cambodia!

Education Reform in Cambodia

When I reflect on the contents of this interview dating from May 2013, in which I highlighted the challenges facing Cambodia’s higher education system and the younger generations, four recent developments jumped into focus. The rest of the original article is still historically accurate!

When I reflect on the contents of this interview dating from May 2013, in which I highlighted the challenges facing Cambodia’s higher education system and the younger generations, four recent developments jumped into focus. The rest of the original article is still historically accurate!

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Khmer Philosophy of Education? Introduction ទស្សនវិជ្ជាអប់រំខ្មែរ ផ្នែកទី១

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តាំង​ពីចាប់ផ្តើមបង្រៀនគណិតវិទ្យានៅសាកលវិទ្យាល័យភូមិន្ទភ្នំពេញនាឆ្នាំ១៩៩៣មក (ក្រោមការព្រមព្រៀងរវាងក្រសួងអប់រំយុវជន និងកីឡា និងអង្កការ Jesuit Service របស់ខ្ញុំ) ខ្ញុំតែងតែចាប់អារម្មណ៍ចំពោះរបៀបដែលនិស្សិតទាក់ទងជាមួយខ្ញុំក្នុងនាមជាគ្រូរបស់គេ។
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