Senate president Say Chhum yesterday encouraged the country’s youth to study hard in order to become future leaders.
Mr Chhum made the comment during the opening ceremony of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia congress at a hotel in Phnom Penh yesterday.
Prime Minister Hun Sen will today conclude the two-day congress when he delivers a speech.
Mr Chhum urged attendees at the congress to participate in developing the country by supporting the idea of no war, no genocide and inclusive development.
“Each young person must strive to learn, to be disciplined, and to become a good leader with the spirit of patriotism and the willingness to preserve independence and sovereignty,” Mr Chhum said.
Over the years, UYFC has broken several world records, including the world’s longest krama, the world’s longest dragon boat and the world’s heaviest rice cake.
UYFC president Hun Many yesterday said UYFC must participate in the building of the nation along with the government and other partner organisations.
“We are all Khmer and we have one destiny – a joint destiny,” Mr Many said, noting that UYFC has plans to organise social projects up until 2023.
The UYFC was formed in 2012, replacing the Cambodian Youth Association, which was formed in 1992 to help strengthen peace, freedom, democracy and social progress.
Koh Kong Governor Mithona Phouthorng yesterday said youth play a major role in developing the country.
“I think youths are very important to our society because they are imperative to the development of society,” Ms Mithona said.
Ao Mengheang, a 20-year-old from Kampong Chhnang province, said he’s strongly motivated to help out his fellow countrymen.
“I am a Cambodian youth – we need to help society,” Mr Mengheang said. “I think Cambodian youths will become good leaders and help our society succeed.”