PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Youth Education and Employment 2015 was celebrated for two and a half days at the Cambodian-Japanese Cooperation Center (CJCC).
The event was organized by 2014 High School Graduate volunteers, the National Employment Agency (NEA) and the CJCC.
“The main objective of this workshop is to reduce the mismatch between education and labor demands. It draws students’ attention to understand the importance of vocational education, which is highly demanded by private sectors in Cambodia,” said Lim Ing Chhorng, a co-organizer from the 2014 High School graduate volunteers.
Guest speakers from different sectors discussed a range of topics including advice in choosing the right fields of study relevant to their experience, as well as the importance of technical and vocational education in Cambodia.
Kun Vichea, Director of Mindset and Entrepreneur Center, told Khmer Times that most Cambodian students have traditionally followed their friends or relatives when choosing majors to study.
“Some Cambodian students still have not realized their goal, where they should go, therefore, they are easily influenced by others,” he said.
“The role of parents is not about threatening their children’s life as what they want their children to be, but they should follow their children’s passion and talent. Without pressure from parents, they would grow faster than ever,” he added.
Participant Seng Sreypov, 16, said that she and her friends came all the way from Siem Reap province to join the workshop.
“I am very glad to participate in this fruitful workshop. It allows me to set a clear goal for the future and good strategies to be a respectable citizen,” she said.
“In the future, I want to be an accountant because it is a good job and it has a big market.”
Participants listen to one of the guest speakers at the Youth Education and Employment 2015 workshop.