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Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2013

Leadership is about how parents learn about parenting

Phallika and PhallitaLook, they both are caring each other very much. Hope that they can maintain this type of nurturing when they both are grown up.

Parenting is one of the important courses that all parents must not miss it.

Buddha said “parents are the primary teachers of all students”. With this regard, how many Cambodian parents are aware they are the primary teachers, they are aware that they must raise their children like teacher and student? Talking about teachers, they must possess teaching pedagogy. Has any school in Cambodia run a program called “parenting pedagogy”? I do hope that all Cambodian parents must be properly trained in “Parenting Ability”.

Parenting starts with its two principles: using discipline and avoiding the use of punishment such as yelling at, scolding, spanking, wiping or beating etc. in raising children. Discipline approaches are started by having parents are playing role model for them, having parents use the method of few warnings first before timing out, having parents praise and encourage them more than blaming or criticizing them, having parents playing with them diligently through “learning by playing”, having parents that listen to children longer and more often than forcing children to listen to them, and having parents engage with them in solving the problems rather than pushing them to handle problems alone etc.

Parenting courses have been endorsed by many civilized countries. In Canada, the government spent a lot money to operate parents-children policy. They open Family and Children Service Offices at every commune and section of the municipality. Schooling cannot happen only at the kindergarten or primary school. Schooling means parents must possess sufficient tool to lead by role model to children and understand how to raise children in a proper way. Schooling means free time at home, children can watch their favorite cartoons on TV channel that encourage children to work in a team, to be bravery, to solve basic problems, to love themselves, friends and neighbors, to nurture birds and nature, to love reading, to conduct physical exercising and be aware in hygiene etc.

When parents are equipped by parenting leadership, children are also equipped by younger generation leadership. The word of Lord Buddha on “Parents are the former or primary teachers” are truly practicing in modern world and all parents must follow the teaching by developing themselves on the pedagogical parenting.

By Sophan Seng

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2013

Summary of the 22nd Anniversary of PPA Commemoration

Op-Ed: Khmer Youth Association

Dear Speakers, Participants and Friends;

PPA_Anniversary_23_October_2013_284029We were successful on commemorating the 22nd year of the Paris Peace Accord on Saturday, October 26, 2013 or we can say 3 days late as the Peace Agreement was born on October 23, 2013. The commemoration environment was in a set of friendly seminar room in which speakers and participants learnt greatly on the historical and educational messages of this day. This classroom-like commemoration has allowed us to be deeply seated into a strong will, commitment and endurance to bring this agreement to light for the collective interest of mankind.

The speakers are represented by community leaders, policy advocates, politicians, educators, teachers, researchers, change catalysts and social activists. While the speeches laid various disciplines and information but the conclusion message of those speeches are Peace Building, Capacity Building, Post-War Trauma Healing and Individual Inner Peace Development.

We thank with sincere gratitude and appreciation for those who shared with us wisdom and spirit in this Peace Commemoration. May you be rich by inner peace and enlightenment.

For your complete understanding about this Commemoration Event, please watch video, view photos, read slide and power point attached below:

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22nd Anniversary Program Details

22nd Anniversary Slide Show

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 11, 2013

The ICJ Judgement, the Prasat Preah Vihear and the Cambodian people

Prasat Preah VihearToday marks historical event for Cambodia while the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague of Holand interpreted the verdict of the Preah Vihear issue of June 15, 1962 again as this temple is belong to Cambodia, not Thailand. On this November 11, 2013, the court affirmed its stand again. Cambodian people from all strata including the politicians are happily cheering to this judgement. The most cheering politicians are Prime Minister, adviser(s) to Premier and the spokesperson of the government (listened from RFI and VOA).

For online group debate such as CAN and Campro, the members shared different aspects on the judgement. Reading the original document of the judgement, the court declared the Temple belongs to Cambodia while the document doesn’t elaborate or clarify the contested surrounding area or vicinity of 4.6 km square land parcel. The court termed “promontory” or means “a narrow area of high land that sticks out into the sea” in its written judgement. For Cambodia, the mentioned 4.6 km square is not mentioned in its legal contesting at all. Cambodia has never said or termed such 4.6 km square; Cambodia has seriously referred legal contesting to the Map or the Annex 1 Map, according to Phay Siphan, the spokesperson on Hello VOA today. After the court released its judgement, the editor of ThaiPBS Sermsuk says Thailand has lost 1-2 sq km around temple NOT 4.6 sq km (link).

The interpretation conundrum might rest within a sloppy trail as individual Cambodian and Thai will have their say and their vocal opinion.

However, the adjudication of the court has already been impregnably uncontested. When all parties discussed on those long standing legal and technical aspects in front of the judge(s), the conclusion to this final decision has already covered all those filing documents and arguments. This interpretation is different from the judgement on the June 15, 1962 as the addendum of documents and arguments have already been warrant from all concerned and contested parties. So the judgement in this time adjudicated all legal compositions and ascended into mission-fulfilled legal attainment. The temple, the surrounding, the vicinity or the promontory etc., all belong to Cambodia.

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