Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's save our children by changing our behaviour!

By Tan Try

© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Meas Bunly
Around 200 students and health workers parade across Kampong Speu province to inform families about the signs of child pneumonia and newborn diseases.

Kampong Speu, Cambodia, 30 June 2015 – Earlier this month at Kampong Speu Provincial Health Department, the Ministry of Health celebrated the official launch of the campaign to promote care-seeking behaviour for children’s pneumonia and newborn illnesses, with support from UNICEF, KOICA and other development partners.

The campaign aims to promote child survival and health by encouraging mothers and caretakers to immediately bring their children with danger signs of pneumonia, and newborn babies with danger signs of illnesses, to the nearest public health facility to receive life-saving treatment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Inclusive education enables all children to learn

By Anna Nordenrot

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Sam Nang Pheap Puthi (right) with his friend Chhim Sothea at Krong Kampot Primary School in Kampot province. In 2010 both boys were diagnosed with visual impairments and placed at the front of the class by their teacher so that they could see better.
 They are both in Grade 5.

KAMPOT, Cambodia, 25 June 2015 – Ten-year-old Sam Nang Pheap Puthi sits on a simple wooden desk at the very front of his class at Krong Kampot Primary School. He sits at the front of the Grade 5 class together with his friend, Chhim Sothea, because both boys have visual impairments. “I have a problem with my eyes, my sight is narrowed and I can only see straight,” Puthi says. “Before I used to sit in the back of the class but I could not see properly. Now my teacher has re-arranged the class and I can sit in the middle and at the front so that I can see.”

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The importance of an inclusive community

By Sam Waller

25-year-old Chea holds the storyboard for his film at the One Minutes Junior workshop in Kampot
KAMPOT, Cambodia, 18th June 2015: All is silent except the noisy chugging of the boat engine, which is sailing slowly up Kampot River. 25-year-old Chea concentrates as he acts out an important shot for the film he has written, as part of the UNICEF One Minutes Junior workshop. The scene ends and one of his team mates tells a joke. Chea breaks out into his trademark wide smile.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

See ability, not disability!

By Sam Waller

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26-year-old Mary directs the shooting of her film using sign language, during the UNICEF One Minutes Junior workshop in Kampot

KAMPOT, Cambodia, 17th June 2015: There is an infectious enthusiasm in the air, in a small community on the outskirts of Kampot town. Suddenly the hubbub of voices dies down as the director’s voice cuts through the air. “Quiet please! Camera rolling…..action!”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Camera, action! Promoting expression through film

By Sam Waller

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Getting creative! Students practice their filming skills during the One Minutes Junior workshop at Epic Arts Centre in Kampot

KAMPOT, Cambodia, 16th June 2015: Someone is balanced atop a pillar, with their video camera poking out between palm branches. Another young person sprawls out on the floor, to get their lens as close as possible to the ground. A group of three deaf students discuss their next shot using Cambodian Sign Language (CSL). The Epic Arts Centre is a hive of creative activity today, as the students learn film making skills for the One Minutes Junior project.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Language can unlock access to education. Here’s how.

By Anna Nordenrot and Martina Tomassini

© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Anna Nordenrot
Long Sreynet, 13,  attends the UNICEF-supported Multilingual Education Programme at Sangkom Primary School, in Kratie province.

KRATIE, Cambodia, 15 June 2015 – It is early morning; Kratie is just waking up. Villagers are getting ready for their day, fetching water and preparing breakfast. In the surrounding green fields, cows and water buffalos are quietly grazing, ignoring the morning hustle and bustle coming from the roads nearby. Inside the houses, children are getting ready to go to school. So is 13-year-old Long Sreynet.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Latrines? Yes, please!

How sanitation facilities and hygiene awareness are leading to behavioural change in rural Cambodia 

By Ashanti Bleich 

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14-year-old Chorn Seth washes his hands at Kohcheck Primary School, Prey Veng province.

PREY VENG, Cambodia, 3 June 2015 – Kohcheck Primary School is situated in Kohcheck village in Prey Veng, a province notorious for its high rate of open defecation. We meet with Sun Kossal, the school director: when asked about defecation practices in the community, she says that not all households have latrines. The majority of those without a latrine live in an area that gets flooded in the rainy season therefore, she explains, “people are reluctant to build latrines because they are afraid that the facilities may get flooded, with their contents spreading all over around their houses.”