During the next few weeks, Jordan,
Naomi and their
family will be traveling to Cambodia to learn more about how
Rochester Community and Technical College and area
organizations might work with the Cambodian Government and
People to build a school in Cambodia. This school would be a
"prep school" that would not only help Cambodian students
receive an education, it might also help them come to the
United States, if they so choose, to attend an American
college such as RCTC.
The overall goal of the project
is to make US students aware of the poverty and
unique challenges that
has faced historically.
lost nearly 20-25% of its population during the
cruel Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot (that would
be the US
equivalent of nearly 60 million people). Its
educated classes were systematically
today still suffers and strives to recover from
that loss. Also, although great efforts have
been made by the UN and charitable organizations
worldwide, Cambodians yet struggle with
extricating the land mines left from the Vietnam
War and the civil war with the Khmer Rouge.
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is an emerging democracy. Questions and issues such as, "What is a
democracy?", "What are some of the problems encountered by a traditional
society changing to a democracy?", "How does severe poverty and economic
disadvantage affect the road to democracy?" might be explored.
The Avian Flu and the
potential for pandemic is certainly a question that US classrooms would be
interested in. The Cambodian view of the Avian Flu situation, and what is
being done to address it, can be presented.
logs and recorded interviews with survivors of the "Killing Fields" could be
provided for US students.
investigations looking into the causes and effects of the Cambodian genocide
might be designed and conducted.
exploring what it was like living in a dictatorship and war-torn country, and
what the long-road to recovery entails might be communicated.
The nature of the
expedition precludes direct interaction during
the expedition; however, students can track this
activity online, submit questions via email, and
get great ideas for lesson plans. Collaborative
conducting and sharing
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