Siem Reap is famous not only for its jewel, Angkor Wat, but also for its rich biodiversity, which includes diverse organisms and forest resources on which many people in the countryside rely for a living. As part of their Climate Change Strategic Plan for Education, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports strongly encouraged schools to raise student awareness and create environmental initiatives, which are critical in climate change mitigation.
On June 19, 2022, Aii and AIS conducted a successful Green Day campaign in Siem Reap. This event was attended by Aii and AIS staff and also with teachers, students in public schools and local authorities of Siem Reap. There were 300 participants in the Green Day event which were divided into 8 groups and were stationed in different locations in Siem Reap.
The event started with a short program that explains the purpose of the activity and its impact to the community and environment. Aii Siem Reap Campus Director, Miss. Leakhena Kong, said that this Green day aims to inspire teachers , students towards maintaining the beauty of the environment by reducing the use of plastic bags. Encourage the general public living in Siem Reap not to throw trash on streets to make this city cleaner and more environmentally friendly.
Protecting our home planet Earth has a significant impact on us living in the present and we must consistently involve the next generation in activities such as tree planting and green day. They will realize the importance of a clean and green environment and hope that they will use it as an inspiration to devise long-term solutions ensuring the safety and protection of the environment in the future.
By: Royd Guyon