Leading building-materials conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) yesterday granted scholarships worth $62,400 to 270 Cambodian students as part of its efforts to provide a better education for youths.
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SCG Vice-President of Regional Business in charge of Cement-Building Materials Business Paramate Nisagornsen said the initiative, dubbed “Sharing the Dream”, is the sixth of its series and will continue to go on as it nudges the youths one step closer towards their own dreams and ambitions. Out of the 270 scholarships, 20 were given to existing recipients to pursue tertiary education. Meanwhile, other recipients include 125 high schoolers from Kandal and Phnom Penh and 125 from Kampot.
“SCG believes that humans are the most important asset of a country’s development,” Paramate said in his opening speech at the CKCC Hall, Royal University of Phnom Penh. yesterday. “We learnt that high school is the critical period for most students because they must prepare themselves for the national test. However, if they cannot focus on their studies, they may lose this opportunity. It’s the reason we are providing another batch of high school scholarships this year.
“We decided to grant a second batch of long-term support to our alumni who have just passed the national test and are about to start their first year at university . This is to let them continue their studies without worrying about finances. This should help them focus and achieve their dreams.”
The programme, which has granted more than $200,000 of education scholarships since its inception in 2014, is a three-way collaboration between SCG, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Royal Thai Embassy.
Minister H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, in his speech, said: “SCG is not only investing and creating jobs in some parts of Cambodia, but also supporting the human resource development for the communities where it operates.
“It is their so-called commitment to enhance the quality of life of the communities they live in and work around. I would like to thank SCG for their valued support to the education sector in Cambodia by providing scholarships for our students.”
Meanwhile, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Cambodia H.E. Panyarak Poolthup applauded the effort, adding that he is confident it will help boost Cambodia’s human development.
“I am proud of Cambodia today,” he said. “Students, for instance, are leaning on education to contribute back to their family and others, despite facing financial difficulties. This shows strength of character. “These youths have a long journey ahead but today they received support from SCG. The programme is a continuous campaign that reflects the company’s passion and aspiration to become an important part of Cambodia’s development.” After the handover ceremony to all 270 recipients, the event concluded with a session led by SCG’s senior alumni, who shared their experiences on how the grant has added positive values to their lives. SCG, which has been established here for more than 20 years, operates its businesses and its activities under the brand promise “Passion for Better”, which aims to provide a better future and higher living quality for them.