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Human capacity development tools for improving sanitation and hygiene practices among Cambodia’s public primary school children

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Phnom Penh –  GIZ, in collaboration with School Health Department of Ministry of Education Youth and Sports launched the School and Community Manual and Video for  the Fit for School Programme, aiming to improve sanitation and hygiene in schools throughout Cambodia. The materials are human capacity development tools that will be used to train school teachers and communities to implement the Fit for School Program in their schools. More>>>

Human capacity development tools for improving sanitation and hygiene practices among Cambodia’s public primary school children

IMG_190624 February 2015

Phnom Penh – GIZ, in collaboration with School Health Department of Ministry of Education Youth and Sports launched the School and Community Manual and Video for  the Fit for School Programme, aiming to improve sanitation and hygiene in schools throughout Cambodia. The materials are  human capacity development tools that will be used to train school teachers and communities to implement the Fit for School Program in their schools.

The Fit for School Programme focuses on three cost-effective and evidence-based interventions, including:

  1. Daily group hand-washing with soap;
  2. Daily group tooth-brushing with fluoride toothpaste; and
  3. Bi-annual mass deworming.

These three health precautions have been implemented in public primary schools to improve the school children’s health and academic performance.IMG_8403

The launch was attended by several high-ranking officials including the Minister, Secretary and Under Secretary of State of Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Center Director of SEAMEO INNOTECH Philippines, First Secretary of the German Embassy of Cambodia, and representatives from the Department of Health Prevention of the Ministry of Health, Department of Rural Health Care of the Ministry of Rural Development, and the Department of National Committee for Sub-national Democratic Development of Ministry of Interior.

Twenty-five representatives from provincial and district office of education and school director and community members from the programme’s 10 model schools also attended.

 

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Inauguration of the Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An (Right), Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials, and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall (Lelf), German Ambassador to Cambodia, pull the strings to inaugurate a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime (Khmer Rouge regime), this morning at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh @Photo: Khim Sovannara, Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An (Right), Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials, and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall (Lelf), German Ambassador to Cambodia, pull the strings to inaugurate a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime (Khmer Rouge regime), this morning at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
@Photo: Khim Sovannara,
Agence Kampuchea Presse

26 March 2015

Phnom Penh, the Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) together with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Royal Government of Cambodia inaugurated a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime, built for the dedication to and in memory of all victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, especially to the at least 12,272 victims who were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions, forced labour and torture, and eventually killed at Toul Sleng detention center, the execution site of Choeung Ek, or the labour camp of Prey Sar (S-24).

More than 300 national and international guests, including survivors of Khmer Rouge regime, students and several dignitaries gathered around the Memorial on the compound of the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, listening to the presided-over Chairmen – H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials; and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall, German Ambassador to Cambodia. More>>>

Inauguration of the Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An (Right), Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials, and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall (Lelf), German Ambassador to Cambodia, pull the strings to inaugurate a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime (Khmer Rouge regime), this morning at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh @Photo: Khim Sovannara, Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An (Right), Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials, and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall (Lelf), German Ambassador to Cambodia, pull the strings to inaugurate a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime (Khmer Rouge regime), this morning at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
@Photo: Khim Sovannara,
Agence Kampuchea Presse

26 March 2015

Phnom Penh, the Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) together with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Royal Government of Cambodia inaugurated a Memorial to Victims of the Democratic Kampuchea Regime, built for the dedication to and in memory of all victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, especially to the at least 12,272 victims who were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions, forced labour and torture, and eventually killed at Toul Sleng detention center, the execution site of Choeung Ek, or the labour camp of Prey Sar (S-24).

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@Photo: Khim Sovannara Agence Kampuchea Presse

More than 300 national and international guests, including survivors of Khmer Rouge regime, students and several dignitaries gathered around the Memorial on the compound of the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, listening to the presided-over Chairmen – H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and Chairman of the Cambodian Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials; and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall, German Ambassador to Cambodia. H.E. Kranh Tony, Acting Director of the ECCC and H.E. Chhuch Phoeun, Secretary of State of Ministry of Culture and Fine Art also addressed the audience, hoping that victims would have a place to pay tribute to their parents and relatives died during the regime, and that the Memorial could help them to terms with their past.

@Photo: Khim Sovannara Agence Kampuchea Presse

@Photo: Khim Sovannara
Agence Kampuchea Presse

A survivor of Tuol Sleng, Mr. Chhum Mey, was also invited to speak during the ceremony, and together with another survivor, Mr. Bou Meng, handed over their biographies to the Chairmen. The ceremony concluded at 10.30am with the official inauguration of the Memorial, a Buddhist Ritual and a press conference with the Chairmen.

The Memorial (built on an area of 400 square meters, with 6 meters in height) was designed and erected by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (General Department of Cultural Heritage), in close cooperation with the Victims Support Section of the ECCC, and other stakeholders with financial support from German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)/GIZ. The construction of the Memorial at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a part of the Victim’s Support Section’s mandate to develop non-judicial programs and measures addressing the broader interests of victims.

For further information please contact:

Thomas Truemper (GIZ Adviser / Civil Peace Service) via thomas.truemper@giz.de

Partner Organization: Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

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18 Young Cambodian Stone Conservators Pass Final Exam

Final Exam

Final Exam

24 March 2015

Siem Reap, Cambodia – It was a special day for the 18 students of APSARA Stone Conservation Unit: After two years of intense training they were about to finish their studies with a final exam last Monday.

APSARA is the only Cambodian institution offering a vocational training programme to become a Stone Conservator in Cambodia. It addresses the urgent need for skilled conservators to safeguard the temples of Angkor and others located in remote areas. The programme puts the care of Cambodian heritage back into the hands of local people.

The design of the two-year training programme was based on the German vocational training system. The curriculum consists of theoretical lessons and guided practical work. Following the specially developed “Handbook Stone Conservation and Restoration in Angkor”, the students learned how to classify types of natural rocks; their cultural history;  how to assess damage on decorated temple walls and how to treat them accordingly. More>>>

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