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This week, David Beckham is in Cambodia as a #UNICEF goodwill ambassador meeting with Cambodian children. A press release from UNICEF says:
David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said, “I am here in Cambodia to meet children who have experienced violence, hear their stories and see what UNICEF and its partners are doing to keep these children safe. It is shocking that every five minutes a child dies because of violence somewhere in the world. This has to stop.”
English former footballer David Beckham’s visit to Angkor Wat has sparked excitement among Cambodians. On social media, his Instagram photo has more 332k likes (at the time of this posting).
Cambodia’s anti-sex trafficking icon, Somaly Mam, has been accused of being a fraud. Named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People”, Somaly generated millions of dollars and celebrity backing for her work against sexual slavery. But following reports that she lied about her past, the foundation bearing her name closed. Now, she is fighting to rebuild her reputation and to look after the girls and women in her care.
In Al Jazeera’s TRUTH OR LIES (2015, 25 min), Somaly talks on camera for the first time about what she says are false claims. Also screening: DREAMCATCHER (2015, 98 mins). Documentary doyenne Kim Longinotto offers a moving, yet slyly understated, portrait of a woman who, like so many the director’s heroine-subjects, might just qualify for secular sainthood. The star is Chicago-based Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who now runs the foundation of the title: a nonprofit dedicated to helping sex workers and young women at risk. Just as Brenda lives by a credo never to judge another woman, so too does the film, which creates an uplifting portrait of redemption and acceptance.
When: July 4, 2015 – 7:00PM
Where: Meta House
#37, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
Here’s a quick guide to kindergartens in Phnom Penh, listed by alphabets with annual tuition fee information. Most of these children schools are well-established, reputable, and internationally recognized.
A comprehensive list of children schools in Phnom Penh:
Able Kids Center
Australian Centre for Education (ACE)
American Education Center (AEC)
American Intercon Institute
American Pacific School
Apple Tree International School
Color Kids International School
Florida American School
Harvest Educator Center
Kidsland Early Learning Centre
Learning for Success Institute
Learning International School
Liberty International School
M-Tel International School
Modern International School
Northwest International Academy
Phnom Penh Montessori International School
Ponleu Kolbuth School
Quality Learning International School
Sun Valley International School
The Camptop International School
The Westline School
VIP Training International
Western International School
Wonga International School
What: Development and Diseases: Lessons from Southeast Asia’s Experience with Influenza and Beyond
Who: Dr. Sophal Ear, Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs, Occidental College in Los Angeles
When: 29 June 2015 (5:30 pm -7:00 pm)
Where: IFL’s Auditorium (Building G)
The Hidden World Of Cambodia’s Sex Workers: New Risks, New Hope
Video journalist Steve Sapienza wanted to see how the outreach and prevention efforts were faring. In February 2014, he traveled to Phnom Penh to produce a documentary, which is premiering on NPR.org.
Angkor Wat Is No. 1 Landmark, But Indian Copy Inspires Fear Angkor Wat in Siem Reap City topped another tourism poll this week, named as the world’s No. 1 landmark by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards on Tuesday. But a massive temple under construction in India is once again stirring fears that Cambodia’s iconic monument will be diminished.
Cambodia: Refugee Resettlement Begins But the choice of impoverished Cambodia as a new home for asylum seekers has so far attracted little interest among the refugees, and only four among 677 on Nauru signed up for the transfer.
Before Communism Killed Cambodian Rock ‘n’ Roll “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” celebrates heritage, music and the search for truth. This documentary film provides a completely refreshing new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. It’s a page turner, so to speak, and moving enough to make any vintage music lover dig through the crates of YouTube.