23.05.2011 -

Support to the "Krousar Thmey" pedagogic exhibition "The Tonle Sap Lake: A source of lives"

Established in 1991, "Krousar Thmey" is one of the most respected foundations in Cambodia providing deprived children with material, educational and social support in harmony with their environment and respectful of their traditions and beliefs.

Among other programmes, "Krousar Thmey" assists Cambodian children in rediscovering their roots, heritage and traditions. As a means to raise awareness on the importance of preserving the Tonle Sap and its natural resources, "Krousar Thmey" has organised a pedagogical exhibition entitled "The Tonle Sap Lake: A source of lives". UNESCO has provided financial support for this exhibition and placed it under its High Patronage.

The opening of a permanent exhibition took place in January 2001 in Siem Reap, within the World Heritage Site of Angkor, and is still open to the public. This exhibition allows Cambodians of all ages (and especially children) to discover the richness of the Tonle Sap Lake through numerous boards and pedagogical materials. It also provides information on the Biosphere Reserve concepts and serves as a tool for raising environmental awareness. In order to maximise the impacts of the exhibition, and additional itinerant exhibition has been touring Cambodia since June 2001.

In total, 17 stop-overs have taken place, from Battambang to Phnom Penh, going through Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Takeo, Prey Veng and other places. The exhibition was completed in August 2002, and is expected now to be settled in a final location in Phnom Penh.

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