Khmer Children’s Literature

Portfolios Round 1&2 Year 4

Changes start from small to big

All photos are taken by Chornson

Exploration was facilitated by Sam and Rithy

INTRODUCTION

Khmer Children’s Literature is a project that gives students a chance to learn about reading at a young age, be involved in writing and publishing books, and practising creative designing skills. In the span of 14 weeks, we were able to write six books, each of those for one Liger core values. Those books are not just any books but are children’s books because there are not enough Cambodian children books out there. By publishing these books, we hope to inspire kids at an early age to read because it is important. In fact, reading at an early age is proven to increase fluency in reading and expand vocabulary skills according to numerous studies, including one from usaid.gov.

WHY IS IT GOOD FOR CAMBODIA?

As a developing country, Cambodia needs and should focus on reinforcing its education. As of now, only about 77 percent of netizens age above 14 are literated. By publishing children’s books, we are providing attract the generation to focus on reading and that could make a huge difference towards the community in general. If kids are educated from an early age, they will have the ability to learn things faster and become more comfortable in learning new materials. Not only that, when they get older, reading at an early age, kids will develop a habit of reading and it will surely benefit them in the future. Just as kids are educated, countries will also develop.

TRIPS

One part of the process is to spread the message from the books. With that, we went to a few trips to read our books to kids. 

  1. Bambujaya

Personally, throughout the trips, there are many things that I’ve learned. However, there’s a thing I discovered about me that I unfolded. It is that ‘I LOVE sharing’. Actually, it isn’t related to the goal of the trip at all in my opinion. However, I believe it’s a good point to raise up. Since I’m an introverted person, I tend to not talk often or show affection toward others in general. I often do not find sharing my opinions or products or anything useful. I’m afraid that the listeners don’t like it. It was a little pressure for me to share a story with kids and it was always hard with others. On the other hand, it was a different experience! The kids were really humble, quiet and focused which made me less worried about myself and made me really happy to share the story with them. In conclusion, I didn’t just learn the materials provided, I also learn things about myself and that made me happy about the exploration in general. 

2. Cambodian Readers and Writers’ Festival

In this trip, my team was able to share our stories to others including authors from other countries and neighbours living near the area where the event took place. We gathered in a small casual house where an artist displays her painted life story. After reading aloud to people, we had a conversation with them about reading, writing and general information. Not only that, we went to a small concert that showcased talented Cambodian women artists out there. They sang and danced. To be honest, I really enjoyed the concert –it was one of the highlights for sure. 

English Lit Round 4 highlights

The theme for round 4 was ‘Happiness’. We looked into how can people achieve happiness. We read many articles about happiness to learn how people define happiness. Furthermore, we have made some poems on the topic of ‘Happiness’ as well. People define happiness in different ways and for me, I will be happy when I smile a lot if that makes sense. Take a look at my poems about happiness. Whatever I think happiness is, I express it as the poems. Writing poems is challenging since it is not what I usually do but it is fun and I might do them often when I am free.

Poem No.1

Type of poetry: “Golden Shovel” poetry

Striking line: “Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend” from BTS – Paradise

In a marathon, you run to reach an end, you call it the ‘self reward’. 42.195 km! Life is long, take it slow. “Hwis”, people aiming for the same future.

You see no sceneries at all until you stop

and take a look, then you realize that every breath you take is already in the ‘paradise’. After all, you do you! Because of cheerleaders, you are runnin’

toward the ‘borrowed’ dream. They might be saying ‘She is slow, He is fast’. There is no rule, there is no law to when you are supposed to finish for.

Listening to all the swears, living in the nightmare gives you nothin’

but distractions from you to doing what you want to do. Swimming in the water without being wet is my

dream, and it might sound crazy, but I gotta do what I think I want to do and not what my friend

… you say, want me to do.

 

Poem No.2

Type of poetry: Found Poetry

Inspired by: “Into The Magic Shop” – James R. Doty (Honorable mention: BTS – Magic Shop)

Premonition, be careful. Go to a Magic shop, the psychodramatic technique, then exchange your fears for attitude. In the meantime, when you are alone. Unlock the door in your heart and there you see happiness. Just like what the seller said, “Lesson one, open the door in your heart.”.

People ask themselves, “Brain or Heart?” Their choice! However, only the combinations are better. Healthier, happier, express love and kindness toward others. “Should I continue this, it doesn’t affect anyone anyways.”. You are the reason someone else is OKay. Maybe you know, maybe you don’t know but life is precious, don’t let it go.

 

Indigenous Community Round 2 ( Ex #3)

           The goal of this Exploration is to promote Indigenous culture to Cambodia and create awareness to prevent extinction of indigenous cultures. This is the second indigenous community exploration but it is my third exploration. We divided ourselves (15 students) into two groups. Even though we only divided ourselves into two groups, we all have a different task to do, we all know what we needed to focus on. We all have a different theme and I’ll get into that later.

            On the first two weeks, we reviewed our skills such as writing, interviewing, editing and those are the skills that we will have to achieve at the end of this exploration. Education and understanding about indigenous are important and is one of the goals for this project, however, it will be not as useful as having the skills I mentioned above, and our facilitator knows well. In order to create videos, book and some articles, we went on trips to Preah Vihear and Kraches. Oh, and our focuses are Kui and Stieng indigenous groups, with that being said, we first went to visit Stieng indigenous group in Kraches province. We arrived at late night around 8 so we did not do anything interesting and just chilled a little and went to our own dreamlands!! The next day as mentioned that we are in Stieng community, we walked around started interviewing for the articles and took some videos. Oh, video group was making videos about Stieng Indigenous group while the Book Team was working on a book about Kui Indigenous group in Cambodia.

              There are some exceptions as well. Because we did not have any performance for Stieng community the one that is responsible for music and performance of Stieng was changed to be in charge of Kui’s instead and so on… *I am that person LOL*

After we finished our work in the Stieng community, we went on to Kui’s community in Preah Vihear!! I was exciting I have to say. People are really welcoming there. Then we came back, we worked on what we have to do A.K.A editing or writings.

              The most exciting part of this exploration for me is that I got to learn how to edit videos, it is hard for me because editing video is just……NOT MY THING!!! I’d actually rather choose swimming over editing to be honest (Consider that I really dislike swimming 🙁 ) I also got to learn some words in Stieng too which makes me think that I pretty smart at learning languages 😉 *I’m proud of me*). Anyways, back to what we were doing. After we kind of finalized the videos and the book, we went back to Kui community to check the content, and to show them our videos about Stieng *mine is horrible btw but at least I did it*. After we did what we planned to do we went back. Now, NO. I will never forget this part of the last trip. We actually got to visit and learn about Somboupreykuk Temple!!! It was an amazing experience because it was my first time being there and because I learned a lot too! In conclusion, I love the whole experience of this 7-week. I am so prepared for my next Exploration as well!!!

 

 

Khmer Round 3

                ភាសាខ្មែរលើកនេះ ខ្ញុំរៀនភាគច្រើនអំពីវេយ្យករណ៍នានា ។​​ តាមការពិតទៅខ្ញុំមិនសូវជាចូលចិត្តរៀនវេយ្យករណ៍ប៉ុន្មាននោះទេ ក៏​ប៉ុន្តែ បន្ទាប់ពីបានរៀនវេយ្យករណ៍ខ្មែរហើយ ខ្ញុំយល់ថាមុខវិជ្ជានេះគឺពិតជាគួរឱ្យចាប់អារម្មណ៍ដែរអីតើស! ខ្ញុំយល់ដឺងច្រើនណាស់អំពីវា ។ ក្រៅពីការរៀនវេយ្យាករណ៍ លោកគ្រូសុខា ក៏បង្កើតឱ្យមានការបង្ហាញសម្មតិភាពផ្សេងៗជាដើម (ប្រារព្ធនៅក្នុងថ្នាក់ យកពេលវេលាដែលត្រូវរៀនខ្លះ) ។ ខ្ញុំគិតថាវាជាគំនិតល្អដែរ ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ ខ្ញុំដូចជាមិនសូវជាចង់ចូលរួមនោះទេ!  ពីព្រោះអី ខ្ញុំមិនសូវជាជឿជាក់លើសម្មតិភាពខ្លូនឯង ។​ តែទោះជាយ៉ាងណាក៏ដោយ​ ក៏ខ្ញុំគិតថានឹងចូលរួមនៅពេលណាមួយជាពុំខាន ។​

ផ្នែកវេយ្យករណ៍ដែលខ្ញុំបានរៀនមានដូចជា ៖

១)​ សព្វនាម

២) ធ្នាក់ និង​ នាម

៣) ល្បះទោល

៤) គុណនាម

៥) គុណកិរិយា

៦) ល្បះកត្តុ និងកម្ម

៧) ល្បះផ្សំ

៨) ឈ្នាប់

៩) ឧទានស័ព្ទ

ព្រមទាំង ភាសាខ្មែរ​ និង​អត្ថន័យពាក្យបណ្ដាំរបស់បណ្ឌិតធន់ជ័យផងដែរ ។

ថ្នាក់ភាសាខ្មែរ

​​           នៅក្នុងថ្នាក់ភាសាខ្មែរ ខ្ញុំបានរៀនអំពី វណ្ណយុត្តិ ការប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យអុំទូក​ បណ្ដែតប្រទីិប អកអំបុក​ និង​សំពះព្រះខែ ការប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យកឋិន​​ និង​ការសិក្សាសិល្បនិយាយដោយ យករឿងកុលាបប៉ៃលិន​​ ហើយនិងរឿងផ្កាស្រពោន មកសិក្សា ។

វណ្ណយុត្តិ

ផ្កាស្រពោន

Precious Plastic

Facilitator: Sushi.

What we did in the exploration;

  • Week 1: Learning about how humans make plastics, What are the ingredient and the process of making plastic products. Different techniques for making different plastic productions in factories.
  • Week 2: Went to Siem Reap, we went to Rehash trash and Naga Earth.
  • Learning about Types of plastics (Recycling, what we use it for)
  • Plastic Machines (Shredder, Compression, Injection, Extrusion) for more information visit Precious’s website
  • Meta House Visiting (Artworks)

Multimedia Class

For one round, there are 7 weeks but because STEM and Multimedia class is scheduled to be in the same our. This round, we only got 3 weeks of learning Multimedia/Technology and 4 weeks on STEM. In the Multimedia class, for a week, we learn 4 days and each day of those days for one hour. In Round 1 Multimedia class, we learn to use some Adobe software to get into the basic useful usage of that software. The programmes are; InDesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom. I learn to use those programmes from some of my friends at Liger and I was taught in the multimedia class during the hours. Cindy, my facilitator of the class taught us about researching and how to get information from the internet to the closest answers as for how we wanted it to be, and to decide whether the source where we get the information from is reliable or not!  We also learn about primary sources and secondary sources as well! After learning about each of them, we did some activities to strengthen our knowledge about the topics above (The programmes, researching and practiced with primary sources and secondary sources). Oh! We learn about the algorithm and a method called “Divide and Conquer” too. That’s about all from this round…

The photo is edited. Here are the links to the original pictures’ sources. 

Original Photo of Photoshop Icon

Original Photo of Lightroom Icon

Original Photo of InDesign Icon

Khmer Class

In our Khmer class this term, we work on writing Khmer poems. Here are some poems that I was working on currently this term. 

សង្រែកមិត្តខ្ញុំ (បទបថ្យាវដ្ត)

មិត្តភក្រ្ក័ខ្ញុំអើយកុំទាន់ទៅណា                                        មិត្តស្រស់ធីតាកុំទៅអីថ្លៃទើប

មកលេងស្រុកភូមិពីរ បីថ្ងៃ                                      ទៅលឿនម្លេះថ្លៃមិនចាំមិត្តផង។

 

ប៉ុន្មានឆ្នាំមុនមិត្តបានប៉ុនប៉ង                                      មិត្តមានបំណងចង់មកលេងស្រុក

មិត្តមកដល់ហើយម្ដេចមិនមានសុខ                              មានតែកើតទុក្ខញញឹមមិនបាន។

 

ថ្ងៃមួយមកដល់ត្រូវបូជាប្រាណ                                        រួចហើយកល្យាណក្លាយទៅជាផេះ

ដែកកេះត្រូវកេះភ្លើងក៏ត្រូវឆេះ                                       បេះដូងត្រូវប្រេះឆាជាច្រើនផ្នែក។

 

អារម្មណ៍មួយនេះពិតជាចម្លែក                                       អារម្មណ៍នេះផ្លែកពិបាកពណ៏នាមិត្ត

សូមលើកដៃជំរាបអើយលា                                       សូមកុំម្នីម្នាចាំទោះយ៉ាងណា។

 

ឆ្នាំចេះតែដើរមិត្តអស់សង្ខារ                                            ទោះក្លាយទេវតាឬខ្មោចក្ដី

ត្រូវរកនាងស្រីធ្វើមិត្តបន្ត                                               មិត្តសូមអង្វចាំមិត្តកុំភ្លេច។

 

ធ្វើបាបបានអ្វីមកវិញ? (បទភុជង្គលីលា)

កាលក្មេងឃើញពស់ប្រឹងលូន     ឡើងធំទ្រលូន    ចូលរូងយ៉ាងឆាប់។

 

ពេលនោះខ្ញុំពិតចំណាប់    ហើរហោះទៅចាប់    ក្បាលពស់ទាំងស្រស់។

 

ចាប់បានកាច់ក្បាលហើយបោះ    ទៅក្នុងទឹកអស់     មិនស្រណោះឡើយ។

 

អាណិតខ្លួនណាស់លោកអើយ    កម្មតាមទាន់ហើយ    លិទ្ធផលចុងក្រោយ។

 

ហេតុអ្វីក៏ឯងបណ្ដោយ      ភាពឃោឃៅឲ្យ    គ្រប់គ្រងមួយពេល។

 

ឥឡូវពស់ចឹកដេករេល    នៅលើកន្ទេល    ចាំពេលមរណា។

 

អស់លោកអ្នកដែលគិតថា    សម្លាប់និច្ចការ    មានផលប្រយោជន៍។

 

ចូរប្ដូរពីក្លិនអាសោច       កុំឱ្យកើតខ្មោច    ទោះអស់សង្ឃារ។

 

ចូរប្ដូរទម្លាប់ពីការ ធ្វើឃាតមនុស្សម្នា មកសាងបុណ្យស។

Literacy Essential

Round 1 English Literacy class is taught by teacher Hannah. In our class, we learn by mostly reading and we often define some new vocabulary. After reading, we either have a discussion in groups or make some comprehensions by ourselves and the point of the whole activity is to understand the contexts that are written in English. In round 1, our theme is about etymology (A study of the origins of languages). At the end of those lessons, we know a lot of root words and what they mean. We got to learn tons of amazing words that come with the root words as well! Everyone is doing well in the round 1 English literacy class, but let’s see what would next round be!