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What you ought to know going to school

So, this is the first book about the Khmer Rouge explaining to schoolchildren what it was (is?) about…

DCCAM is distributing the book by and large. Here to the 2000 students of the NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) which provides schooling and professional training to kids from the Stung Meanchey garbage dump.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh). 29/05/2009: Students of PSE (Pour un Sourire d’Enfant) during their weekly meditation time before DCCAM (Documentation Center of Cambodia) distributes copies of its latest publication, a schoolbook about the Khmer Rouge regime.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh). 29/05/2009: Students of PSE (Pour un Sourire d’Enfant) during their weekly meditation time before DCCAM (Documentation Center of Cambodia) distributes copies of its latest publication, a schoolbook about the Khmer Rouge regime.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh). 29/05/2009: DCCAM (Documentation Center of Cambodia) distributing copies of their latest publication, a schoolbook about the Khmer Rouge regime, to students of PSE (Pour un Sourire d’Enfant).

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh). 29/05/2009: DCCAM (Documentation Center of Cambodia) distributing copies of their latest publication, a schoolbook about the Khmer Rouge regime, to students of PSE (Pour un Sourire d’Enfant).

Story nr VIJ2009035…

2 Responses to “What you ought to know going to school”

  1. JV;

    2questions…

    1) what does the book look like/read like in your assessment…is it graphic (images) and what kind of historical background does it provide…would be interesting to read/see it…

    and

    2) how often do they meditate?…is it part of the curriculum for all schools…

    ok, have to run…

    bb

    bob black - May 31st, 2009 at 12:17 am

  2. 1/ The book is very well produced, well printed, clear graphic design. Like all the books produced by DCCAM by the way… There are lots of pictures from between ’75 and ’79 (DCCAM has thousands of them and 8 years ago I tried to set up a program to digitize the whole set in high res – didn’t work out). As for the text it is obviously written in Khmer and I have not yet had a translation, but it seems to be quite comprehensive. It certainly is much better than before as before there qas nothing…

    2/ The students meditate for 10 minutes on fridays, before the WE, to vent the aggressivity accumulated over the week. To my knowledge the PSE school is the only one doing this.

    john vink - May 31st, 2009 at 5:36 am