Cambodia Toward a Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014: Bilingual Education in the Northeastern Provinces of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, 19-20 October 2011 - The Institute of Social Science and Humanities of the Royal Academy of Cambodia organized a national conference on "Cambodia Toward a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014: Bilingual Education in the Northeastern Provinces of Cambodia."
The conference was supported by the Council of the Ministers and the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office. The event was successful in bringing together more than 250 participants to actively discuss about ESD and Bilingual Education in Cambodia.
In the opening remarks, H.E. Dr. Som Somuny, president of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and chair of the conference, emphasized the important role of Bilingual Education in promoting learning for sustainable development. He also highlighted the importance of having an enabling ESD curriculum framework and encouraging teachers to be the facilitators of the learning process. As a panelist, H.E. Mr. In The, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, stressed that Bilingual Education promotes equitable access to learning opportunities especially to indigenous children, youth and adult learners.
Representatives from government institutions, NGOs and development partners including the Royal Academy of Cambodia, National Language Institute, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, UNESCO, UNICEF, CARE Cambodia, and International Cooperation for Cambodia (ICC), shared their research findings, field experiences, and lessons learned.
The participation of representatives from ethnic minority communities including commune councils and Bilingual Education community schools’ management committees was an important feature of the conference.
One of the most significant recommendations of the conference was to increase support to Bilingual Education teachers through setting up a long term strategic capacity building and training plan. The conference encouraged all Bilingual Education partners including NGOs to have a joint 5-year plan for further expanding and implementing bilingual educational opportunities.