The World Needs Us

This is a poem that I made in just 2 hours for my literacy assignment and not only creating a poem but we also have to perform to our class mate creatively. 

Tittle: The World Needs Us

Listen! The world needs us

To be a role model

To be  change agents

To be activists

To be Scientists

To be doctors

To be…..To be the best person we could be

But it happens until we accept that difference in us

 

You say I dream too big

I say you think too small.

we need to take a pond of our self that It’s a challenge

Believing, it’s true

Take a stand

Let go that negativity

But it happens until we accept that difference in us

Empower each other, let’s not define who we are based on a single story

We accept that differences in us because we are all in one

We all are dream chaser

We are all making our world a better place

because we are all human trying to live our life

But it happens until we accept that difference in us

Liger perspective in sport

In research stated “ Only 25% of women in Cambodia who are in the top athletes and 10% are coaches“ according to peace-sport. So at the start of this school year, there is an exploration call Frisbee League in Cambodia that is a year-long project. In fact, I’m a part of this exploration and I want to change my province, my country and the world perspective on women in sport. I believe that this is only the beginning of getting more girls playing sport.  

When we were young we always have activities or sports together. Two years ago, I realize that in sports like football and basketball, the practice was divided between girls and boys. Yet frisbee is the first and only sport that involved both girls and boys. What difference can I make by joining this project? Are there any girls in the rural area that love sports but don’t have the chance?

Afterward, I decided to interview the basketball coach on why does he have different practice for the girl and boy. “The reason is that basketball is a physical game, that sometimes they have to touch and bounce off one another” once said Jeff Boucher. But for the junior, it’s okay for them to play together since they are only the beginner and younger. Just like football year 1 practice, we didn’t divide the girl or boy team. As we get older and stronger, we started to divide girl and boy so that the girl would have more opportunities to play as well. Moreover, the boys are much stronger in term of strength, for safety reasons that’s why there is girls and boys team.

On the other hand, I also interview the frisbee coach he said: “Being a coach is a privilege because it allows me to introduce a mentality of this sport, play hard play well and with high spirit.” Ultimate frisbee for him means self referee that allows you to recognize your own false and except it. In liger, every Wednesday ASE we play frisbee and he loves to see the junior competition with the senior because by doing it this way, Junior can learn, play smarter to win senior. For senior allow them to learn to play smart and not underestimate the Junior. His last thought is Ultimate Frisbee is a fun and unique sport that is no barrier for all age, gender or size.

Let start! Frisbee or flying disc is a non-contact game, played on a field or indoor pitch. It does not have a referee which allow players to have conflict resolution and Integrities.

At the end of the game, we always have our spirit circle which we talk about the game, skills needed to improve, pointing out to players that tried their best that week and also keeping the girls empower.

After the spirit circle, we would do affirmation “ពេលដែលខ្ញុំនិយាយថា កម្លាំង អ្នកនិយាយថា នារី​  កម្លាំង! នារី!  កម្លាំង! នារី!  កម្លាំង កម្លាំង កម្លាំង! នារី នារី នារី” ៉៉Let’s all do this affirmation again “When I say Komlang to say Neary” Komkang! Neary! Komlang! Neary! Komlang Komlang Komlang! Neary Neary Neary! This translate to Girl power, we do this to support girls in sport and empowering them giving them opportunities in sport. As more girls from Kampong Speu joining frisbee will help us as show the government that we can implement this new sport into the curriculum. In order to reach the goals of 50 50% of boys and girls in 2025, which will help to reduce gender barriers in sport.

Society play

We went to Takeo and Kampot to do a play performance that we did last time to Liger students. In Liger Traveling Theater exploration, we had written 4 stories that were based on a relationship with family, peers, partner, and society. The relationship with society story is about a girl who kind of fat and got this new job but a worker there discriminate her. Then there are this two separate – one who’s eat less and try to be beautiful and the other one eat a lot- that wants to control her life. In the end, she chose her selves because she wants freedom and do whatever she wants and also doesn’t have to care what others said about her. The show started with magic trick, Performance, original songs, Drug prevention film and then end with the magic trick again. Since our audience shows a lot of interest in the magic trick that’s why we start the show and end the show with a magic trick.

Then part of our junior exploration is Set Design, they help us to find schools, background music, staging, and props. The first school that we perform to was the student in grade 4 and 5 in Takeo which was really young and it’s not the best fit for our audience. It’s was so loud and messy that the student didn’t understand.

After that, we went to another school which was way better because it’s high school and they’re much better than the first one. This time we even have a speaker attach with the microphone and about 150 students come to was the performance.

Frisbee League — Girls Power

  • Chabok High School entrance

On the 6th December, we had visited the girl down at Kampong Speu after we got approval from the government. This time our plan was to go there to just throw frisbee disc around and introduce them to what is frisbee and who are we. The first school we visited was Chabok high school both grade 10 and 11 and we only 5 mins since they are having an exam. When I look back to this school, I still think this is crazy that my whole group did this. What we did was, presents to the whole classroom about our project alone with boys sitting there which wasn’t our target. But anyway we are trying to promote girls into playing Frisbee and as my observation girls didn’t have any courage to raise their hand up to join and play this Frisbee. Also, it might because they didn’t get to play with Frisbee-like other schools that we visited. Sadly the class I presented to, there was no one wanted to play Frisbee. Like another presenter, they didn’t get it to and some got about 10 to 15 students. But at some times we got around 70 girls for the whole school which is good for the training and eliminating for the league. Soukhaphaly high school, the girls there were really interacting with us and they showed a lot of excitement.

We even tell every school that next week we will come back and do a pitch to them. Also, try to get their name by then so that we can prepare on how many people are going to show up for the training. Over this Christmas break, Some Kampong Speu students and I will be going to every school on Sunday to get them familiar with Frisbee. Then in January, they will start the real training.

Girl interest in playing frisbee         Total: 265 girls

  • Chabok High School 
    • Grade 10 & 11 #70 students
  • Kampong Speu High School
    • Grade 10 & 11 #38 students
  • Sokhaphally High School
    • Grade 10 #29 student
    • Grade 11 #36 student
  • Chantnal High School
    • Grade 10 # 32 student
    • Grade 11 # 60 student

Critical Teen Issues បញ្ហារបស់យុវវ័យ 

On Monday the 12th of November 2018, we did a Critical teen issues workshop on the topic of healthy relationship. We divided the Senior into 2 teams and junior into 6 teams and the presentation was in Khmer and it based on the survey. We know that these topic were not typically been talk about so we want to raise an awareness and ideas to have a healthier relationships. Healthy relation does not only apply to boyfriend/girlfriend but it apply to friendship, boyfriend/girlfriend, family and society. The presentation went very well as it was plan out but I can improve by taking more control on the student. Down there’s like a outline of the presentation both English and Khmer.

CRITICAL TEEN ISSUES បញ្ហារបស់យុវវ័យ          Healthy Relationshipទំនាក់់ទំនងល្អ

TELEPHONE — ល្បែងទូរស័ព្ទ (5 min)

  • ខ្ញំុទៅផ្សារជាមួយលោកប៉ាទៅទិញមីឆាក្បែរផ្ទះលោកតាក្នុងភូមិក្រូចឆ្មារ។

Discuss the power of dialogue and discussion: ការពិភាក្សាពីឥទ្ធិពល នៃកិច្ចសន្ទនា

  • How can our words and information get manipulated?

​តើពាក្យសម្តីរបស់យើងត្រូវបានផ្លាស់ប្តូរដោយរបៀបណាខ្លះ?

  • How does distraction affect your processing of information?

តើការរំខានពីអ្នកដទៃមានផលប៉ះពាល់យ៉ាងណាខ្លះដល់ការខ្សឹបប្រាប់អ្នកបន្ទាប់?​

  • How can miscommunication and misinformation affect our relationships?

តើការយល់ច្រឡំនិងការផ្ដល់ព័ត៌មានខុសពីការពិតអាចប៉ះពាល់ដល់ទំនាក់ទំនងរបស់យើងជាមួយអ្នកដទៃយ៉ាងដូចម្តេចខ្លះ?

What is a healthy relationship? អ្វីទៅដែលហៅថា ទំនាក់ទំនងល្អ? (5 min)

  • ការគោរព, ភាពស្មោះត្រង់, ការទុកចិត្តនិងការប្រាស្រ័យទាក់ទង។ រៀនអំពីនិងវាយតម្លៃអ្វីដែលសំខាន់ចំពោះគ្នាទៅវិញទៅមក។

 

Atomic circle game ល្បែងរង្វង់មូល (10 min)

  • I feel comfortable talking to my friends about my life.

ខ្ញុំមាន​ទំនក់ចិត្តក្នុងការចែករំលែកជាមួយមិត្តរបស់ខ្ញុំអំពីរឿងផ្ទាល់ខ្លួន ។

  • I feel comfortable talking to my parents about my life.

ខ្ញុំមាន​ទំនក់ចិត្តក្នុងការចែករំលែកជាមួយនឹងអាណាព្យាបាលរបស់ខ្ញុំ អំពីរឿងផ្ទាល់ខ្លួន។

  • When I’m in a fight with my partner/peers, I find it hard to focus in school.

នៅពេលខ្ញុំមានជម្លោះជាមួយដៃគូ ឬ មិត្តភក្ដិខ្ញុំ ខ្ញុំពិបាកផ្ដោតអារម្មណ៍ទៅលើការសិក្សា។

  • It is difficult to find the time to spend with my friends.

ខ្ញុំពិបាកក្នុងការស្វែងរកពេលវេលាជាមួយមិត្តរបស់ខ្ញុំ ។

  • I almost always listen and do what my parents ask me to do.

ខ្ញុំសិទ្ធសឹងតែស្តាប់ដំបូន្មានរបស់ឪពុកម្តាយខ្ញុំ ។

Relationship Reflection ការឆ្លុះបញ្ចាំងអំពីទំនាក់ទំនង (30 min)

  • សង្សារ   មិត្ត គ្រួសារ  សង្គម

Practicing and Identifying Healthy Relationships​ ការអនុវត្ត និង ការពិចារណា ពីសកម្មភាពមួយណាដែលជាទំនាក់ទំនងល្អ (30 min)

  • What differences did you see between both acts/performances?

តើការសម្តែងទាំងពីរនេាះមានភាពខុសគ្នាយ៉ាងណាខ្លះ?

  • Do you feel like this scenario is more healthy or unhealthy?

តើអ្នកគិតថា ឧទាហរណ៍នេះជា ទំនាក់ទំនងល្អ​​ ឬមិនល្អ?

  1. reflections?/comments?  តើអ្នកមានមតិ ឬយោបល់បន្ថែមដែរឬទេ?

Consent Statements – ការយល់ព្រម ដោយស្ម័គ្រចិត្តទាំងស្រុង (30 min)

What are some characteristics of teens? តើអ្វីខ្លះ គឺជាចរិតលក្ខណៈរបស់ក្មេងជំទង់?

Discussion: Why do teenagers have those characteristics? Is there a reason for these behaviors?   ការពិភាក្សា: ហេតុអ្វីបានជាក្មេងជំទង់មានចរិតលក្ខណៈបែបនោះ? តើហេតុផលអ្វីខ្លះដែលធ្វើឲ្យពួកគេមានចរិតលក្ខណៈបែបនេះ?

The teenage brain and how it affects relationships ខួរក្បាលរបស់យុវ័យ  និងការប៉ះពាល់របស់វាទៅដល់ការទំនាក់ទំនង (25 min)

  1. ការវិវឌ្ឍន៍នៃខួរក្បាលៈ ចាប់ផ្តើមមានអារម្មណ៍រវើរវាយច្រើន និងមានការប្រថុយប្រថានច្រើន ប៉ុន្តែទាំងអស់នេះវាគឹជារឿងធម្មតា
  • Part of the brain (Amygdala) — ចរិក ការសម្រេចចិត្ត ដោះស្រាយបញ្ហា
  • បានផ្សារភ្ជាប់ជាមួយនឹងអារម្មណ៍ អារម្មណ៍ស្រើបស្រាលការឈ្លានពាន និង អាកប្បកិរិយាដែលមានសភាវគតិ។
  • ច្រើនជាងមនុស្សពេញវ័យ​ទៅទៀត
  • បានអភិវឌ្ឍយ៉ាងពេញលេញហើយ អាយុ 25
  1. Discussion: What did you learn and why does this happen?

ពិភាក្សាៈ តើអ្នកបានយល់​ដឹងអ្វីខ្លះ ហើយហេតុអ្វីបានជារឿងនេះ កើតឡើង?

Critical Teen Issue

In the Critical teen issue we have multiple topics, for round 1 we focused on the healthy relationship. We have been creating questions related to the relationship between Partners, Peers, Family, Social. We translated all the questions, turn it into google form and sent it to all Liger student. While we are doing that, We also create a plan for the workshop. Based on the answers we got, we will focus more deeply into the relationship that isn’t healthy. We will also implement this workshop into garment schools but not running it yourself. 75% of the workshop mostly are activities this way they will get the point more easily and then we will show them the consent video that we create. In this project I just learn that “No.” Is a complete sentence. 

Example:   Question Draft

** All the responses will be anonymous, so please answer the following questions honestly as it will be used to better prepare for the upcoming workshop on teen issues.

**រាល់ការឆ្លើយតបទាំងអស់នឹងត្រូវបានជនអនាមិកដូច្នេះសូមឆ្លើយសំណួរដោយស្មោះត្រង់ដោយយកចិត្តទុកដាក់ព្រោះវានឹងត្រូវបានប្រើប្រាស់ដើម្បីរៀបចំសិក្ខាសាលានាពេលខាងមុខស្តីពីបញ្ហារបស់យុវវ័យ។

  1. I feel comfortable talking to my parents about my personal life.ខ្ញុំមិនមានភាពភ័យព្រួយក្នុងការនិយាយជាមួយនឹងអាណាព្យាបាលអំពីរឿងរ៉ាវផ្ទាល់ខ្លួនរបស់ខ្ញុំ ។ Strongly Agree          Agree          Disagree          Strongly Disagree
  2. I feel comfortable talking to my parents about what goes on in schoolខ្ញុំមិនមានភាពភ័យព្រួយក្នុងការនិយាយជាមួយនឹងអាណាព្យាបាលរបស់ខ្ញុំ ទាក់ទង់នឹងរឿងរ៉ាងផ្សេងៗ ដែលកើតមានឡើងនៅក្នុងសាលា។Strongly Agree          Agree          Disagree          Strongly Disagree

 

 

 

 

 

Liger Literacy Leadership Team

This year in my English literacy it’s unique than other classes and it’s called the Liger Literacy Leadership Team. We are becoming a leader and independence learner. So for this round, we are focusing on Literature is Everywhere, which we can use children book to learn about literary devices, different culture, and new vocab. Our teacher was inspired by the book called The Rent Collector so she decided to have the Liger Literacy Leadership Team and let us read the book. Moreover, we did a group discussion, create poems and interview the author of the rent collector. This is one of my poem inspired by Sang Ly determination to find Sopeap which is her teacher. 

Title: Dedication to my beloved teacher

I’ve been solving puzzles, running into people  and here I am…beside her.

She once told me that this house is her favorite place.

I don’t want to say goodbye to this person….

The person who has been helping everyone and disguising her own identity.

Just like a turtle hiding under its shell.

Instead of talking, we both tilted  our heads,

looking at the shadow of the rain in silence and took a deep breath of fresh air.

At that moment I can feel the tension and pain between us.

But we can’t have any rainbow without any rain.

The rain is both a fading memory and a distant promise.

Goodbye goodbye my beloved teacher.

Frisbee League – Trip to Kamong Spue

One of my long-term explorations is called Frisbee League in Cambodia. In this exploration, we are creating the first Cambodian Women Frisbee League to empower women in sport for rural kampong speu girls and then if this project work we would open up to all girls in Cambodia. As one of kampong speu girls, I am so excited and proud to be in this group and I can’t imagine when I’m teaching them to play frisbee. Moreover, We have a lot of things that needed to be done before our Pchum Ben break, so after the break, we will go and appraise the government about our project. This project really needs the government helps because in order this to be done we need their permission to work with those high school girls. Since I know a lot about Kampong Speu, I did some research and ask my relatives, do they know any high school around Chan Thnal high school. Chan Thnal high school is one the main school that we wanted to collaborate with. Then I lead a team to Kampong speu and visits the five school that are on my list. I need to track down the distance and time it took to arrive at each school. We even go and talk to the principles of our project and they really excited to work with us but they need the permission from the government. Nevertheless, our exploration already prepares all of those so that when the students come back from their big break we are able to talk to them and before that, we convince the government to help with our project.

Transportation management

  • Leave at 7:10 am from Liger
  • Cha Bok high school   1 hour, 43 minutes    60.7 km
  • Kampong Speu high school    6 mins    3.1 km
  • Soukhaphaly high school    10 mins    3.8 km
  • Chay Chob High School    4 mins    700 m
  • Chanthnal High school    25 mins    15.1 km

Information

  • Cha Bok High School
    • Wise principal Chorn Chan Loun
    • Every grade in the school have 4 classes
    • 2 men for sport coach   
    • Sport filed
    • It’s very big, 2 team can play at the same time and there are too many plants (កន្ត្រើយ) and tall grass.
  • Kampong Speu High School
    • The field is big and there are a lot of grass
    • His feeling
      • Need the government to agree
      • Student and their family should agree
      • They don’t want to force any girl to play if they don’t want
  • Soukhaphaly High School
    • The sports field is not too big nor too small, it’s in between
    • The principle wasn’t in the school so we asked people around there for his phone number
  • Chay Chob High School
    • The field has no grass and it’s a bit muddy
    • Sports hours in a week they have 2 hours
    • 2 men sport coach
  • Chan Thnal High School
    • 2 men sport coach
    • Sports hours in a week for 1 hour each class
    • Grade 9 and grade 12 doesn’t have any sports hours due to exam
    • A big football field with no grass in the middle and it’s so dry

Liger Traveling Theater

On the 21st of August, we went to the Cambodian National Museum to see the Stage Reading by Cambodian Living Arts and Khmer writers. For one of my exploration project call Liger Traveling Theater. In the stage reading there are Fortune Teller, Alone, and Chapei. It was the best experience because I get to see more of Cambodian who get involved in this writing skills. 

Fortune Teller was written by Lim Phanna and it’s about Davy ‒wife‒ feel like the husband is trying to hide something from her, so she decided to ask help from the fortune teller.

Alone was written by Chhon Sina and it’s about a family, who sopeap is a pregnant woman and about to give birth to a child. And also her struggle with her husband seeing someone else.

Chapei was written by Suon Sothera and it’s about How Theara keeps his promise to his grandfather for maintaining Chapei ‒Khmer traditional instrument ‒ for nowadays society? This is my favorite stage reading so far because I got to listen to songs playing by Chapei. Even Though there are not a lot of people who wanted to preserve the culture but for me, he is doing the best thing that no one can ever do.

 

SAT Bootcamp

At the Beginning of this school year, the 6th of August, we had an SAT Bootcamp. Most SAT Bootcamp would last about two months nevertheless we had tights schedule so we did it for two weeks. There are two mentors Kim, a recent Princeton grad in Computer Science and Amada, an ESL teacher from an all-girls school in New Jersey.

So during the day, we would have 2 hours of each class math, literacy and study hall time. In math class, we learn how to pick and use an equation efficiently. On the other hand, in literacy class, we work on reading and Writing and look through what type of questions are there. As usual every day we would get 10 to 5 pairs of mostly confused words and as homework, we need to write sentences that related to us individually.

Moreover, during the Bootcamp, we would get a lot of practice. Furthermore, we in the Bootcamp we took a test on khanacademy SAT at the beginning middle and end to see how much we grow and does all of the strategies that the mentor teach us helpful. The mentor doesn’t expect that use everything we learn for the khanacademy SAT test because there are too many rules to follow just step by step first. At the beginning of the test, I get the score of 930 then 940 and lastly 980. I feel like I didn’t improve much in these past two weeks but still, I have learned a lot from them. By joining this SAT Bootcamp it really helps me to become a better learner and uses resources all around me.