Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron recently took part in Plan International Cambodia’s GirlsTakeover event (part of the #MeforMe programme), in which girls are given the opportunity to hold their dream job for a day.
Mr Chuon Naron spent a day showing the ropes at the ministry to Chanky, an 18-year-old from Siem Reap province who dreams of being education minister herself some days. The minister taught her about his various duties and about the qualifications needed for the position.
“I told her to develop her skills, and explained to her about leadership, management, planning and how to execute plans. It is true that this position isn’t easy, but realising our dreams requires a strong commitment,” Mr Chuon Naron said.
Mr Chuon Naron added that while it was not possible to give Chanky a full understanding of his job in one day, she was able to observe how the ministry operates, how meetings are run at various levels, and how discussions at these meetings are run. This should give her an idea of how to achieve her goals, he said.
“To reach this position, Chanky will need both experience and ability.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl; rather it will depend on her level of commitment,” Mr Chuon Naron said.
Mr Chuon Naron encouraged girls to pursue whatever jobs interest them, whether it’s being an engineer or a government minister.
He said a person can achieve anything if they are inspired and committed.
To hold a high position, young people should develop critical thinking skills to help them solve problems, build up their experience, and persevere, he said.
Ms Chanky is a community volunteer and student from a remote area in Siem Reap province. She said she wanted to be minister of education because she believed that education played a crucial role in developing human resources.
It helped people to develop themselves so that they could get good jobs and secure a bright future, she said.
“I gained a lot of knowledge from the minister. I think that it is a difficult job, but I will never give up on my dream,” Ms Chanky said.
Before Ms Chanky’s visit to the Ministry, she said, she had no idea how hard the minister’s work was. On the other hand, meeting the minister showed her that such positions can be achieved step by step.
She said she was really thankful to the minister for spending his valuable time helping her learn.
“It requires clear planning at every step. Today, I know how I can obtain my dream. I have to try to be a school teacher first, so what I have to focus on now is the upcoming national exam to be a teacher,” Ms Chanky added.
Ms Chanky said she was very grateful to Plan International Cambodia for creating the #MeforMe programme. The programme is based on the idea that girls can have the same dreams for themselves as boys.