Community Development Plans at SRU
Svay Rieng University (SRU) under the FRIENDS Project has chosen Tnot Commune and in particular poor young women who live in the commune as the focus for the community development plan. This was chosen to do in partnership with the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CCPCR). Tnot commune is a very poor area right on the border with Vietnam and it is an area where a lot of child trafficking across the border takes place and where young women in particular are vulnerable.
FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU, August and September 2021
On 22 August 2021, Dewey International University (DIU), Cambodia organised the first part of their FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival. The agenda of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU could be found here.
During the event, the intercultural communication and the internationalisation at home were largely promoted among all the students and staff participated on the event. Students presented a variety of material about Khmer culture including information about Cambodia’s cultural festivals, food and pop music heritage. Staff from overseas countries gave some information about their interaction with Khmer culture, some traditional and popular aspects of their cultures and more information on their country’s wildlife and natural attractions. The minutes from the firs part of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU could be found here. (August 22nd Event Script, Event Minutes)
The other half-day event of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU was scheduled for 12 September 2021. The agenda could be found here. More than 195 attendees participated in the two events.
Official Opening Event at DIU, April 2021
On 2nd April 2021, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to disrupt activities in many educational institutions, DIU celebrated the opening of the Erasmus+ funded FRIENDS Teahouse with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This opening, which had been delayed for many months, was celebrated with full awareness of the COVID-19 disease. DIU Co-founder and President Dr. Raymond Zepp gave a speech detailing DIU’s commitment to internationalisation at home and the benefits of being involved in the FRIENDS project. Certificates were also presented to the 3 winners of DIU’s Digital Storytelling Contest, Vet Samnang, Kung Makara, and Thorn Panhapa. The students were also presented with their Intercultural Passports, having completed both the FRIENDS IACD MOOC and the production of a digital story.