Celebrating UNESCO World Philosophy Day in Cambodia
World Philosophy Day, an annual celebration of philosophy initiated by UNESCO in 2005, continues to extend its scope. This year, the event is to be held in Palermo (Italy) on November 20 and 21, while numerous other initiatives will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and in over 80 countries around the world.
In Cambodia, on 17 November 2008, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office participated on the commemoration of the World Philosophy Day that was organized, for the first time in the country, by the Department of Philosophy of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and the newly registered Philosophy Association Of Cambodia.
More that 80 students of Philosophy -from whom a 50% were women- attended, shared their experiences and eagerly listened the speeches made by Prof. Khmao Savora, Head of the Department of Philosophy, Prof. Chhort Bunthong, Head of Philosophy Association of Cambodia, and Mr. Teruo Jinnai, Head of UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh.
This Day was envisaged as a shared moment of analysis that aimed to place, for the first time in Cambodia, the basis of a discussion on the importance of Philosophy on the process of rebuilding Cambodian society and the development of Cambodia. The role that the Cambodian youth can play on that process by the use of a philosophical and critical thinking was remarked. Philosophy and philosophical foundations, values, standards, principles and ideals can constructively and positively change the people and provide the good leaders that developing countries above all need. The question on how to use Philosophy to work with the government was raised as well as the issue of the lack of philosophical materials and documents in Cambodia. Further philosophical dialogue, debate and awareness rising about these two last mentioned concerns is considered to be a require to take into consideration in Cambodia for the good of the country’s future.
For more information regarding the event, contact with Ms. Isabel González Rojo, UNESCO Communication and Information focal point at i.gonzalez-rojo(at)unesco.org