Community Documentary

On the first round of the third year at Liger, I was one of the members in the “Community Documentary” exploration (a type of project to explore new thing and find our passion). In this exploration, we were creating some products that would capture information and allow communities to share with future generations.

On the first week we were learning some basic skill, such as interviewing skills. We also thought about what kind of product that we want to create. We found that 4 products that suited our needs the most; podcasts, videos, blogs and photos, therefore we decided at the end of our initial investigation to utilize these products. The facilitators asked us to identify our interest level in each product in order to split us into groups. Each group would work on a particular product. I was one of the 8 members in the video team. Making videos was my second choice, however, I tried my best to make this product as good as possible. “I really want to be an agent for change in Cambodia and encourage people into education, I learned how to use a video camera and started to look at the process around making a documentary. By the end of the first week, I felt I was able to make a worthwhile contribution to the team.

Even though we had the idea of making videos but my team and I still did not know what topic we needed to focus on yet, so we had a pre-trip on the second week to explore the topics. We visited four villages in Kampong Speu;  Srey Sompong, Tropaing Leap, Chrok Popul, and Prey Ansear. It was a two days trip and I felt really anxious the day before because I was not sure how to plan for this pre-trip. I found it harder in class than being in the real situation. Because our exploration collaborated with World Renew we were introduced to World Renew students as we traveled as we were working with them. Working with them was really pleasurable. During the trip, my team were very flexible and had a positive attitude, this made the trip more enjoyable and productive.. We received a lot of good information for each of our products from this pre-trip.

We started to gather all the information that we got from the pre-trip when we arrived at school the following week. My video team’s idea was to create three videos with three different topics. They are; education for Srey Sompong, jobs for Tropaing Leap, financial institution for Prey Ansear and Chrok Popul. We have made the decision of having one topic for two different villages because of these two villages have the same community bank, which let the villager borrow or save the money with 2 % interest. Next, two-day trips to create our products was planned, while we shared our knowledge of using cameras, video camera, creating blogs, and podcasts to World Renew students at our school. Our team had to ensure we planned our project very clearly as we were a large team so we wanted to make sure everyone knew what they were doing and when things were due.

The trip went to plan. We set up our equipment, then we divided into groups based on the products so we could interview people, as planned, with specific topics for each village. we had to walk a lot during the trip in order to collect information and images for our product. The main problem the video team faced was the fact we were not able to meet with the people we had planned to interview because they were out for farming. Fortunately, we have two World Renew students from our team, who could help us figure out a solution to that problem, by introducing us to different people that we can be interviewed. We also had meetings for each night during the trip, so we could discuss as well as sharing experiences with what we had done during the daytime trip. Even though it was a challenging and tiring day, our team still showed our optimism and enjoyment for this trip, consequently, the video team got a lot of good video and information.

All the videos, photos, and information were assembled by each team. The video team uploaded the video and picture that we needed from all the of the cameras. The next thing that we had decided was which program that we should use to edit the documentary video. Most of my teammates recommend ‘Premium Pro Adobe’ because it makes a good quality video and many of the team have prior knowledge of how to use this product. Even though I was not familiar with this programme I decided, I decided to use it because of most of my teammate’s agreement. I was not the only who did not know anything about Premium Pro, so we learned together as a team. “After we had become familiar with and learned how to use the programme each team member started the job they had been allocated to. with Premium Pro, we started to do our jobs that have roled for each person in the team. Cheta and I were editing one of the three videos which were for Srey Sompong, the topic was education. I gave a lot of ideas to Chetra for our video and felt a great deal of trust from working with Chetra. We had a lot of challenges since Premium Pro is an advanced program and one of the main problems was our laptops were not working well. Moreover, there was not enough information for our video, so we needed to contact the other team to create a better video. We have lots of comments as well as changes from our facilitator (Cindy) for our video as the result, our video was created successfully because of our hard work.

When we had finished this product, we had planned to show them to the villagers, so we planned our final trip on 3rd October. In order to show the villagers our product, we needed to prepare the materials for the presentation such as; projectors, speakers, blank sheets to project etc. For this trip, we divided our team (base on our product) into two because we were going to different villages at the same time. We needed to be on the bus at 5 am to be on time in order to present to each village. After we arrived there, we started to set up the materials to present. Unfortunately, I had not given the correct video to the other team, I took full responsibility for this and felt so bad that I had let my team down. As they arrived there, Chornson who is one of my  members call me on the phone said that they did not have any video, so I swiftly took my USB from my bag that has a copy of Tropaing Leap village video to the driver, who drove back from Tropaing Leap to get the USB, so they can present. I felt so frustrated that time. However, my friends encouraged me by saying that it was not my fault, and it can be a good experience. when it came time to present, I did it well and was confident. After my team and I had shown the video to the people in Srey Sompong village, which was about education, it seemed like it was an effective video. They said they really want to have their children have a good education. They also told us that it was the right thing to do and encouraged us to keep doing it.

I felt really righteous to be a part of this exploration because I have helped to change people’s opinions by just making a video. I hope there will be future projects on community documentary exploration so we can keep helping our community. I really want to be an agent for change in Cambodia and encourage people into education

Khmer Literacy

For this year, I have 5 hours per week for Khmer essential. For the first week, we were doing research in teams about “ thing that we need to do in networking even”. After doing research, we did the presentation to the rest of the class. It was not that rough for me because I and the rest of the juniors cohort have done the networking event right before. The networking event required us to represent successful business people, then we did some research about that person, finally, we pretend that we have never known each other before in the even, so we can get to know each other. The second week was similar to the first week, but this week our topic is “Formal Interview”. For the last three weeks, we were required to write some poems. It quite difficult for me because I did not get to know every type of poems. However, these are what I have done so far for this round. 

សុខទាំងប្រាំមួយប្រការ Poem’s title: Six Happiness. ( PDF)

ការសំពះទាំង៥ ប្រភេទ Poem’s title: five type of Cambodia greeting (PDF)


English Literacy Round 1

Starting the third year at Liger, it seemed a little different and more delightful. The first round in English Literacy class, we would have English literacy class start with daily positive affirmation. Doing positive affirmation empower us to have positive thoughts from negative thoughts over time. The themes that we taking in English literacy this first round was root words and history of English language/etymology. We received homework packets, which are the introduction with some exercise with the root words every week for this round. On Monday we usually took a little quiz about our root words. On the third week, our root word was talked about “I just gotta know”. One of the three root words from “I just gotta know” was mem, which means mindful, recall that is originally from Latin. To discuss the root words, our facilitator, Hannah asked to write a personal narrative that describes the memory that I’ve had with my family members. I wrote about the time that I could feel my younger sister in my mother’s belly. I decided to write about this memory because I have changed my mind from thinking selfishly to love and be kind to my younger sister. Here is my personal narrative writing.  

                                                The Time I Can feel You

A memory that is meaningful and unforgettable to me? Well, I can’t forget the time that I felt my sister in my mother’s belly though. It was a really breathtaking experience, that I should remember. So, the time I can feel her is my unerasable memory.

It made me feel so nervous to have a sibling because “I need to share my love my time and also my parent to that person”, that what I always thought when started to know that my mom was pregnant. Something engaging happened in one day of 365 days in 2011, I started to feel someone who has not seen this gigantic world yet. That person was a girl who lived in my mom’s stomach. I would say it was my first time to experience this cool thing because I could not find this kind of thing in every woman’s stomach. In that evening, I sat near my mom, so she could tell me a fairy tale. However, something has made her speak improperly. I heard a fairy tale told with a sound bouncing up and down like a nonworking CD. Later on, my mom grabbed my hand softly, then put it on her stomach. I started to feel my sister moving around in my mom’s belly. I was so surprised, then I took my hand back off. After a while, I tried to play with my sister. I know that she would know who I am, so she started to play with me back. She moved around a small space, and I tried to guess where she was. It seemed like there was a fish trying to get out of the balloon. It was also similar to playing hide and seek in the different world.

That moment, that feeling makes me love my sister more and it always makes me feel that my sister always loves me. “ I will love my sister forever, ever!” I promised myself.

STEM Round 1

The third year at Liger, we don’t have STEM class every week, since this class needs to share with Multimedia/Technology. The theme that we focus in STEM class the first round was Physic. We started the first week with the introduction to physic and matter. It seemed so brand new thing to me. However, I was still excited to learn and explore more about it. I was reading and do a lot of research about the lesson to help me understand more about the topic. In the second week, we were digging farther about matter. We also started to learn more about atom, which one of the constituents that made matter. The only fun fact about me in STEM class, the more I learn, the more I wonder.

Multimedia/Technology Round 1

For this year, we have both Multimedia/Technology class and STEM in the same hour, but this thing works with taking turn. For an example, If I have STEM this week, so next week I will have Multimedia/ Technology. The first week of this essential, we got to learn some basics about research skill. It started with how do we begin with research, the primary resource/ secondary resource, and some useful tips about doing research on google. I also got practice using the lessons that we have learned. It is a really useful lesson because I do a lot of research in my writing, as well as in class. The second week of technology/multimedia class, we started to do some Adobe programs such as Adobe Indesign, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop. They are brand new programs for me. However, as I got some help from my classmate and my facilitator, I can go along and enjoy these new things. From now on I can develop my work such as photos, pictures, and posters by using those programs. 

Before editing in Adobe Lightroom. 

After editing in Adobe Lightroom. ( I was focusing on this firefly’s flash) 

PDF of Multimedia and Technology class assignment

Math Round 1

Math class is my world. I love math and always relish the time we spend in math class. The first week of math class we had a lot of math reviews since we were back from the summer holiday break. After reviewing, we started to have our new mathematics book in the second week, which is primary mathematics 5A from Singapore. The same as the other mathematics books, it starts with really easy math problems. In this breathtaking book, we started with the whole number problems, more calculations with whole numbers, multiply and divide fractions. One thing that attracted my attention the most was multiple fractions. The reasons that it is really fascinating because normally when we multiply something with something else, we would expect a greater number. However, for the fraction is different. I had lots of questions about it and I consistently asked my facilitator about it until she revealed the truth. The truth is multiplication fraction by itself is an operation. As the result, it does not only multiple, it also a division. When my facilitator disclosed my wonder, I felt so fresh and relax because I have no more doubt. To make the class more fascinating, my facilitator also included some online games that related to the lesson. It makes me want to say that “Math is always a fun class to me”.