The Education Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lions Club International’s Republic of Korea chapter to create a training centre for youths at a cost $70,000 this year.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron and a Lions Club representative signed the MoU at the National Sports Training Centre in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.
“The centre will provide opportunities for Cambodian youths to receive equitable and quality education and training, promote physical education and mental health, as well as encourage young people to create new ideas,” the ministry said in a statement.
It added that the Lions Club will provide $70,000 to support the building of its first Youth Training Centre in the Kingdom this year and will sponsor the building of two more next year and three in 2020.
Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly said yesterday that work to build the centre in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district will start soon.
He noted that the centre will provide training in vocational skills to Cambodian youth.
“The Koreans will continue to support the building of more training centres at other provinces next year and in 2020,” he said. “The ministry is studying which provinces should be given priority to get the centres.”
Mr Kamboly noted that the Korean side will follow the ministry’s directives on the matter.
Cheang Sokha, executive director of Youth Resource Development Program, said yesterday that he supported the creation of centres which will teach youth skills for job opportunities.
He noted that 4.5 million Cambodian youths lack skills which are needed for the development of the country.
“This will give a second chance to our youths who dropped out of school, to learn skills and find work both locally and overseas,” Mr Sokha said. “The government’s cooperation with other countries to provide skills training is good for Cambodian youths.”
Mr Sokha noted that it is crucial to identify the types of useful skills Cambodian youths need to be taught now and in the future.
“If we do not study what skills are needed, the training will be useless for our youths,” Mr Sokha said.