Youths Take Part in Community Development

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D.E.A.R members read stories to children on International Children’s Book Day.

PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – A group of university students from the “Drop Everything and Read” project (D.E.A.R) and from “Youth for Green” (YFG) will lead the field trip to the Preah Sihanouk Province.

The outing will be on July 5 to 6 in the Sre Ambel district to promote the culture of reading and donate text books to the children in the communities. The event will also go to Preah Sihanouk Province to raise awareness for environmental protection through beach cleanup activities.

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Provincial authorities and the youth from D.E.A.R and YFG will work together to clean up Ochheuteal beach on Sunday July 6.

Ms. Kim Dyna, vice president of D.E.A.R, pointed out that this event will show the participants the importance of learning and sharing, and will promote the culture of reading by reading stories to the children in these communities.

“Reading stories to the kids is very important because it’s one of the best ways to connect them with books,” she said.

“Based on my experience working with kids, they are attracted by storytelling. When we read to them, we have the opportunity to acquaint them with books and the world of reading. We talk to before and after storytelling; therefore the kids might be interested in reading by themselves,” she added.

She also said that they can’t force the children to read but can read to and with them to encourage them to read well. Good reading performance is when the reader, after reading the book, understands what the writer wrote..

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Mr. Kim Norith, president of D.E.A.R, explained that the event should encourage the youth to become part of the society of readers. They should also value the importance of a green environment and learn about waste management.

“It would be a wonderful and enjoyable experience to volunteer to promote the culture of reading and at the same time raise awareness for environmental protection at Sre Ambil and Preah Sihanouk,” he said.

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