How I Change Cambodia? (HICC)

          To be able to change your country, you have to learn a lot more about your country itself. I was born in Cambodia, but doesn’t mean that I know all of the information about Cambodia. There are a lot of thing that I have to learn before I can change my country. One of the thing that you really have to know a lot about your country is the language and the culture. We’ve been learning about the language and culture about Cambodia for the past few months and after knowing a pretty good amount of them.

            We decided to created an event called “Khmer Literature Event” which was a full day event that contain different presentation at different booth that related to culture and language in Cambodia and all of those presentation was fully done in Khmer. This is one of the small change that we had made to our country because when we created this event it means we are one of the person out there that wanted to bring back our culture because it was gone since the Khmer Rouge era. We also got to shared what we learnt to other people who are not in our school which was a really great opportunity for us to tell people what are we trying to help bring back for our country and let them help us by do the same or similar thing that we are doing.

            Learning about everything is really important, but if we didn’t get a chance to shared it to other people then what is the point of learning something that related to your country to make change. Sharing is one of the most difficult part to do even though you learned a lot of different and major thing because there are not a lot of people out there that have the same mind set like us that we want to change our country, but we had came up with an idea to try to share something in a fun way so people can easily get the message that we are trying to share quicker.

            “Liger Community Travelling Theater” is project that aim to bring a real live performance or entertainment to the people who live in the rural area. In those entertainment we don’t focus on Religious or Political, but we do focus on change. We did have a play that were talking about the real issues that happen right now in Cambodia Society. So, we was trying to come with idea how can we delivery the messages not a really serious, but more like a fun way then we decided to do it through travelling Theater. We did delivered the message to other people out there in Cambodia with a really fun and interesting way and it seems like people really like how it turns out since we also have other performances along with the play itself.

            There are a lot of country in the world that are developing their countries really quickly and I believe one of those country is Cambodia. I missed a lot of really important events of my country because of the development and all of the documentary that has been made has disappeared. Imagine if all of those documentaries still exist until now how happy would I want to see how far my community has grown. I believe everybody want to see who has change their country/community along the way until they was born.  Not everybody can do documentary easily if you don’t have all of the resources, but since we have the resources so we took this opportunity to create other amazing project.

            “Community Documentary” basically focusing on making documentary for four villages in Kampong Speu Province which are Chrok Porpoul, Trapang Leap, Prey Ansae, and Srey Sampong Village. In this project is a collaboration between Liger Students and the World Renew Students. We went to those four villages that stated above and we did interview a lot of people who live in those villages. After we took all of those information to make video, a photo album book, website, and podcast. After we finished all of those stuff, we went back to those villages and share what we’ve been working on after collected all of the data. The villagers was so happy to see us go back and they were so happy that they got to hear their voices in the podcast and see there faces in the photo album. We hope to deliver all of the information that we’ve been documenting to the next generation because we don’t know what going happen in the village maybe in the next 10 years it will be so develop and then the next generation can look through our documenting and can see how has their villages have grown.

            If you were to live in the coastal area and when we made the documentary for you, but all of you before and after is all about the ocean pollution would you be happy about your community? For me I wouldn’t want see my community being polluted. Sometimes the visitors don’t really what really happen toward the ocean because sometimes the community only clean the beach area where the visitors like to visit, but when you ride the boat to the middle of the ocean you will see some of the plastic bag that float on the water and the water is changing its color to greenish.

            “Marine Theater” has made its way to become a part to create change toward that problem. We learned a lot about the marine life and all of the ecosystem services and how we create different kind of threats toward the ocean. We were focusing on four different problem that we, human give the impact to the ocean such as coastal development, illegal fishing, coral bleaching, and pollution. We’ve been deep down into all of those problem and then we decided to pick one of them to create a play that we are going to show the people who live around the coastal area. We decided to pick pollution because we know that it is one of the really big problem that happens in Cambodia everywhere not just the ocean. We decided to pick this problem not the illegal fishing because fishing is one of the main job that Cambodian do and sometimes they didn’t do the illegal fishing at first, but because of other illegal fisher, they can’t catch any fish anymore that might be the case why they changed from the tradition fishing method to illegal fishing and since it is affect the fishing community livelihood so it is a really hard problem to solve because they might think that if they change to do traditional fishing method like before they won’t be able to catch a lot of fish anymore.

            To be able to change any problems isn’t a really easy thing to do. You need to have a lot of education, but not all of Cambodian got a chance to have the education as much as I do. STEM is really important because it is just a four letter words that nearly include every important subjects that you need to learn. We was thinking of creating a project that related to STEM so we can took that opportunity to be able to share our knowledge to other children who didn’t get a chance to receive all of those education, but it turns out that most of the project that related to STEM isn’t a really easy thing to do here in Cambodia because most of the products are really expensive and it is really hard for the rural kid to support. It seems like most of the engineering project that our school want to deliver to Cambodia wasn’t a really easy way to do because some of the supplies that we need to make a product is not a Cambodia friendly.

            We came up with a project call “STEMginnering” that we can deliver STEM & Engineering to Cambodian by using Cambodia product. We decided to create this project because we really want to share what we know about STEM and Engineering to government school. We was struggling to come up with idea what we want to create that we be able to design by ourselves and importantly it should be Cambodia friendly. My team and I, we came up with a product call Shooter (it sounds dangerous and in real life it is also dangerous, but we tell the students not to shoot at each other). We went to two different government school and it was a really amazing experience to spend time with the student there because it seems like they are so excited for our project.

            This is just me trying to put how many project that I’ve involved has made a small change toward my country, but if we take a look and learn more deeply about all of those project, it is more than I can do if everybody took a part in one of those project and help each other make a small change. If all of us collaborate with each other to make a small change then together we can make a big change.

Coordinate Graph

          If you were ask me to tell you about coordinate graph, the answer that I’ll give you back probably “I don’t know anything about that”. This round in math class we focused on two main different things which are algebra and coordinate graph. I used to hate algebra because it is so annoying and complicated to do, but whenever I give a try on algebra when I do the word problems, I started to realize little by little how easier it became using algebra to solve the word problems, but this time we dive little bit deeper into algebra which is a little bit more complicated, but I still take on the challenge and I did it. For coordinate graph, it was really confusing and difficult at first even though I used to learn about graph, but not this kind of four graph. It was very hard to catch up and really understand what my facilitator try to explain us, but when I asked her more questions, she started to explain more about it and I started to understand more about the coordinate graph. Throughout all of this learning process, I just know that I always take on different challenging and I never make myself upset on taking those challenging even once.

Self Learning

Self learning isn’t a really difficult and easy thing to do. This round our facilitator decided to give us to take on a challenge to be an independent learner. We can learn anything that related to code and multimedia (adobe programs). I’m really into editing so I decided to learn more about “Adobe After Effects” I’ve been using Adobe After Effects for about 5 months now, but I don’t really challenge myself to do something that kinda more advanced. This time I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try something that kinda challenging for me. I decided to focus on a project call 3d room” ​I saw a lot of good 3d room on social media and then I decided to try it out by myself. It was really challenging at first because in the process of making it I learned a lot of new tool in Adobe After Effects, but it worth my time because after spending 1 week focusing on doing this 3d room I did it and I got to explore a lot more stuff in Adobe After Effects. I only use youtube as my main resource and use some of my knowledge that I always have. This is the final product:

Motion

       “Motion blur” If you are one of the transition editor you would know this term. We has been focusing on Motion a lot in STEM. It has been a really interesting content to learn. Most of my friend know that STEM is not one of my favorite subject, but it turns out that the more I learn something about STEM, the more I want to know something else and it makes me really curious and I really like STEM nowaday. We can’t really do a lot of experiment to show Motion, but we show different motion everyday even when we walk or we run. Motion evolve in everyone life and it always happens everyday. Motion is so so so important to our life because without motion, it is like we can’t move or do anything.

Engineering (Exploration)

        “Cambodia Friendly” It seems like most of the engineering project that our school want to deliver to Cambodia wasn’t a really easy way to do because some of the supplies that we need to make a product is not a Cambodia friendly, but we came up with a project that we can deliver STEM & Engineering. We decided to create this project because we really want to share what we know about STEM and Engineering to government school. We was struggling to come up with idea what we want to create that we be able to design by ourselves and importantly it should be Cambodia friendly. My team and I, we came up with a product call Shooter (it sounds dangerous and in real life it is also dangerous, but we tell the students not to shoot at each other). We went to two different government school and it was a really amazing experience to spend time with the student there because it seems like they are so excited for our project.

Khmer

        ក្នុងនាមជាកូនខ្មែរមួយរូប យ៉ាងហោចណាស់ក៏ត្រូវដឹងនៅប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រតិចតួចរបស់ប្រទេសខ្លួនដែរ។ នៅក្នុងជុំសិក្សាទី៤នេះ នៅក្នុងថ្នាក់ខ្មែរយើង បានផ្តោត​ ទៅលើប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្ររបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា ដូចជា អត្ថន័យនៃពាក្យខ្មែរ និងកម្ពុជា កវីចំណាននៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជា និង ការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍នៃភាសាខ្មែរ។ ខ្ញុំ បានរៀនជាច្រើនទាំងទងអំពីប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្ររបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា។ អត្ថន័យនៃពាក្យខ្មែរ និងកម្ពុជា គឺជាចំណុចសំខាន់មួយដែរ​ កូនខ្មែរទាំងអស់ត្រូវដឹង ពីព្រោះ នៅមានកូនខ្មែរមួយចំនួននៅមិនទាន់ដឹងថា តើដើមកំណើតពាក្យខ្មែរមកពីណានៅឡើយទេ? សម្រាប់កវីចំណាននៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជាវិញ គឺមានច្រើនជាងដែរយើង នឹងស្មានមិនដល់ ហើយគាត់បានផ្លាស់ប្តូរប្រទេសកម្ពុជា ជាច្រើន។ ជាចុងក្រោយ សម្រាប់ការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍នៃភាសាខ្មែរវិញគឺ ពិតជាប្លែកខ្លាំងមែន។

Percentage

            “15% discount” I believe you have seen this word at least once since you were born until now and I also believe it gives you at least a bit of the glue what I’ve been working and studying on in math class. I can say that I know nothing about Percentage except the sign that represents a percentage “%”. It has been a really good lesson to take during my math class. We did a lot of exercises about percentage. I also meet a lot of struggles during the lesson, but I always find a way to solve it as fast as possible because I want to make sure I know exactly what I was doing. Khan plays a really important role in my life because when I have free time I always try to do at least 3-4 Khan Assignment that Sam (our math’s facilitator) assigned to us. At the end of this round, I finally know at least 95% of the percentage lesson.

Programming (Python)

        “It hards to communicate, but at least we try” It is exactly how I always feel when I do coding. Python isn’t that hard, but not that easy for me either. I met a lot of difficulties during all of my assignments specifically for my turtle race assignment in Codeclub. There is a lot of new function in that assignment that I have to use, but I never have seen it before. I test my code so many time and there is always going to be at least one error in one of those tests, but I did solve all of them. Then, I came to the point where they need me to use the penup() and pendown() tool. At first, I completely have no idea what both of those function do. I read the instruction, again and again, to see if I’m going to have a better understanding of those two functions, but still, it didn’t help me at all. I decided to check my code and run it over and over again and finally I only understand about 25% of what those functions do, but I still what to make sure that I really understand it, so I went to my friends and ask them to explain to me about the penup() and pendown() functions do. Then I finally got it and I was so happy that I finally learn something new after I meet all of those struggles. If you want to see my turtle race project click on this link.

Percentage

            “15% discount ” I believe you have seen this word at least once since you were born until now and I also believe it gives you at least a bit of the glue what I’ve been working and studying on in math class. I can say that I know nothing about Percentage except the sign that represents a percentage “%”. It has been a really good lesson to take during my math class. We did a lot of exercises related to the percentage. I also meet a lot of struggles during the lesson, but I always find a way to solve it as fast as possible because I want to make sure I know exactly what I was doing. Khan plays a really important role in my life because when I have free time I always try to do at least 3-4 Khan Assignment that Sam (our math’s facilitator) assigned to us. At the end of this round, I finally know at least 95% of the percentage lesson.

Reading Different Novel

          For this round, we are really focusing on learning/reading about a different kind of novel. Our facilitator decided to divide us into four different teams and each has was assigned to read a different book and try to finish it in a month. The books were Wonder by R. J. Palacio, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, and The Outsider by S. E. Hinton. My friend, Rayuth and I were assigned to read the Monster book. It is a really interesting book to read because it was so different from other books that I have read because this book is written in a screenplay and it is really easy and convenient to read. This story talks about a 16 years old boy, Steve Harmon (the main character in the story) who was accused that he involved in a crime in the drugstore and was sent to the courtroom for a trial. First, it is really difficult for me to understand what is the author trying to tell us, but then I decided to reread it and then I finally get what the author really means. I also learn a lot of new vocabularies from this book, too. Here is the cover of the book in case you want to see it.  For this round, we are really focusing on learning/reading about a different kind of novel. Our facilitator decided to divide us into four different teams and each has was assigned to read a different book and try to finish it in a month. The books were Wonder by R. J. Palacio, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, and The Outsider by S. E. Hinton. My friend, Rayuth and I were assigned to read the Monster book. It is a really interesting book to read because it was so different from other books that I have read because this book is written in a screenplay and it is really easy and convenient to read. This story talks about a 16 years old boy, Steve Harmon (the main character in the story) who was accused that he involved in a crime in the drugstore and was sent to the courtroom for a trial. First, it is really difficult for me to understand what is the author trying to tell us, but then I decided to reread it and then I finally get what the author really means. I also learn a lot of new vocabularies from this book, too. Here is the cover of the book in case you want to see it.