APCEIU 안과밖2016.10.21 10:43

On 16 October 2016, the 14th EIU Photo Class held in Siem Reap, Cambodia ended successfully. Under the theme of “Envisioning Eternal Wonders Behind Lens”, the 14th EIU Photo Class was co-organized by APCEIU and Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport(MoEYS) for 7days from 10 October to 16 October.

Twenty-one Cambodian and eight Korean students, together with three professional photographers explored various places in Siem Reap such as Angkor Wat, the most representative historical site, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tonle Sap Lake and a traditional local market. They not only took photos but also participated in various programmes such as Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Workshop, Cross-Cultural Awareness Programme, EIU Photo Workshop. On the last day of the Photo Class, there was an exhibition of 66 photos selected by the participating students and photographers at Phokeetra Ballroom, Sofitel Hotel, Siem Reap.


As a grand finale of the programme, the photo exhibition attracted about 500 people including Dr. Bae Ki-Dong, Chairperson of APCEIU’s Governing Board; H.E. Im Koch, Secretary of State of Cambodian MoEYS; H.E. Park Seung Gyoo, Consul General of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Cambodia; parents and teachers of Cambodian participants; staff of the Cambodian MoEYS as well as Siem Reap provincial department of MoEYS; and Korean Association in Siem Reap. The guests appreciated diversity and elegance of Siem Reap in the photos taken by the Korean and Cambodian students.

Representing all the Korean students, Ms. Shin Haenaran said, “Through this Photo Class, we were able to draw lights into each other’s heart” and added, “I believe that when we look back on these pictures, we will find our image as global citizens, bounds together as one”. A Cambodian student Mr. Yorn Sovanna commented, “I’m very pleased that I got to know about Global Citizenship Education and also had a chance to interact with Korean friends”. He also said “I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in this programme”.

The photos taken in Cambodia will be exhibited online for a world-wide audience through EIU Photos Class Archive (photoclass.unescoapceiu.org). The EIU Photo Class provides opportunities for students from all around the world to learn EIU and GCED through the art of photography. Participants get to learn how to express their thoughts, shed new light on their daily lives and surroundings by taking photos under the instruction of professional photographers. Since its inception in the Philippines in 2006, APCEIU has captured various forms of life from many different places around the world such as Bhutan, Republic of Palau, Laos, Bangladesh, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Indonesia, Turkey and Russia. 

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APCEIU 안과밖2016.07.28 16:00

APCEIU and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) of Cambodia co-organized the Capacity-building Workshop for GCED Curriculum Development & Integration in Cambodia from the 18 to 19 July 2016. It was the first event since signing the MOU between APCEIU and the MoEYS, facilitating the implementation of a three-year project, “GCED Curriculum Development and Integration” that targets four different countries: Cambodia, Colombia, Mongolia, and Uganda. 

This Capacity-building Workshop was designed to enhance understanding and awareness of GCED among various stakeholders who will be frontrunners in advocating GCED and who will be leading steps towards integrating GCED into their national curriculum. Through the Workshop, the participants were able to map out the necessary steps towards attaining the goal set for the project.

A total of 100 key stakeholders from the areas of policy planning, curriculum development, textbook development, and teacher training and education participated in this Workshop. In particular, members from the national curriculum development sub-committees  gathered together in order to develop their capacities to advocate for GCED in Cambodia and explore ways to strengthen GCED in drafting course syllabi by subject and setting up learning standards.

At the beginning of the Workshop Dr. Utak Chung, Director of APCEIU, emphasized “reorienting national education systems to integrate GCED is a great commitment that requires a deep understanding of GCED, intense analysis of the national curricula, and strong partnerships between related stakeholders.” 

In response, H.E. Minister Hang Chuon Naron reaffirmed the MoEYS’ strong commitment to integrating GCED into Cambodian national curriculum and encouraged the participants to reflect GCED when reforming national curriculum. While addressing the key pillars of curriculum reform in Cambodia: teacher policy, inspection on school and school-based engagement, learning assessment, improvement of curriculum, textbooks and facilities, the Minister highlighted APCEIU’s GCED curriculum intervention as very timely considering Cambodia’s ongoing curriculum reform. In addition, in the case of Cambodia, the Minister proposed that this intervention can be more emphasized in two subjects—history and civic education—since it is possible to find more adequate spaces for integration of GCED in these subjects.

The Workshop consisted of various sessions helping to deal with GCED in the Cambodian context:  On the first day, Dr. Hyeran Yang from APCEIU’s Office of Research & Development, presented the overall structure and contents of GCED: Topics and Learning Objectives (TLOs)  to help participants to reflect on the national curriculum in view of integrating TLOs. Furthermore, Dr. Jungwoo Lee, Research Fellow of the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), introduced a Korean case of strategic integration of GCED TLOs into national curriculum and provided the participants with an opportunity to grasp how GCED can be embedded in the Korean National Curriculum, especially in Social Studies.

On the following day, after sharing feedback on on-going situational analysis conducted by the International Bureau of Education (IBE), policy dialogue was carried out by inviting Prof. Sorn Samnang, Advisor to Royal Government of Cambodia; Dr. Chhem Rethy, Executive Director of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI); H.E. Put Samith, Director General of MoEYS; Mr. Heng Monychenda, Director of Buddhism for Development, and H.E. Dr. Chet Chealy, Rector at Royal University of Phnom Penh. During the policy dialogue exchange panelists exchanged ideas and insights on GCED localization in the Cambodian context, encouraging the participants to actively take part in promoting GCED in their own subject areas. 

This two-day Capacity-building Workshop successfully raised awareness of GCED among Cambodian key stakeholders as well as formed a solid foundation for effective implementation of GCED integration in Cambodia. As a result, APCEIU and the MoEYS launched the GCED Curriculum Development Committee in order to monitor the country-specific needs and impact of GCED intervention while also assisting in the implementation of the three-year project during 2016-2018.  Furthermore, another round of the national workshop will be organized with a focus on integrating GCED into the process of drafting course syllabi for specific subjects.


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