Cam­bo­dian scouts to be trained in new dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Voun Dara

ED­U­CA­TION Min­is­ter Hang Chuon Naron said at the first na­tional coun­cil meet­ing of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Cam­bo­dian Scouts (NACS) on Tues­day in Kam­pong Thom prov­ince that scout ac­tiv­i­ties will in fu­ture be con­nected with new tech­nolo­gies.

“The NACS’ ac­tiv­i­ties are cru­cial and we want it not only to play an im­por­tant role in strength­en­ing the sol­i­dar­ity and brother­hood among youths in so­ci­ety, but we also want it to weld the poli­cies and prin­ci­ples of NACS with tech­nol­ogy,” Chuon Naron said.

He said in the fu­ture when youths have ac­tiv­i­ties such as camp­ing, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will cre­ate ad­di­tional as­sign­ments fo­cused on new tech­nolo­gies.

“Youths have to be re­spon­si­ble and have high de­ter­mi­na­tion in or­der to make them­selves world cit­i­zens who can work with those from other coun­tries and con­trib­ute to eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment and be­come good re­sources for en­sur­ing the peace and devel­op­ment for Cam­bo­dia.

“The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Cam­bo­dian Scouts plays a cru­cial role in de­vel­op­ing chil­dren and youths, and ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity. It also strength­ens and trains chil­dren and youths to be­come an ef­fec­tive and loyal next gen­er­a­tion for the coun­try,” he said.

Chuon Naron said in or­der to achieve such a re­sult, it is fol­low­ing the pol­icy that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has em­ployed to train scouts at schools by form­ing chil­dren’s and youth coun­cils.

“There­fore, through chil­dren and youth coun­cils, we would like to strengthen our youths to un­der­stand their du­ties and as­sist each other in their stud­ies. Thus, the main task of na­tional scouts is to strengthen their stud­ies,” he said.

The Min­istry of Labour and Vo­ca­tional Train­ing on Mon­day cre­ated a spe­cial group to press for in­creased un­der­stand­ing of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and vo­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal train­ing.

The joint tech­ni­cal group for the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is named the Tech­ni­cal Work­ing Group for Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TWGTVET). It will be led by Labour Min­is­ter Ith Sam Heng and will de­ter­mine the pri­ori­tised strate­gies for 2019-2020.

“To be ready for the dig­i­tal econ­omy and in or­der to meet the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, all in­volved par­ties have to pay at­ten­tion to skills devel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing by in­clud­ing the use and un­der­stand­ing of tech­nol­ogy in the cur­ricu­lum in ac­cor­dance with mar­ket de­mand.

“That also forms the mech­a­nism of busi­ness part­ner­ships and ed­u­ca­tional and vo­ca­tional train­ing in­sti­tu­tions in or­der to es­tab­lish a devel­op­ment pro­gramme and train­ing of new dig­i­tal skills,” Sam Heng said.

The TWG-TVET is tasked with pro­vid­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for the strate­gic and tech­ni­cal plans of the Labour Min­istry and the na­tional train­ing com­mit­tee and co­or­di­nat­ing and shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences, in­for­ma­tion, projects and pro­grammes of ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal train­ing.

The tech­ni­cal work­ing group will pro­vide an an­nual re­port on the progress of na­tional pol­icy re­gard­ing ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional train­ing, le­gal doc­u­ments and a bud­get plan. There will be an an­nual in­spec­tion of the TWG-TVET’s work.

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