During one of their weekends, some of the January participants had the opportunity to assist in the planning and presenting of a workshop hosted by one of GSC’s partner organizations, Youth for Peace (YFP).
The workshop was about plastic pollution; a very important topic for youth to become more engaged and aware of! Along with the staff at YFP, our interns and volunteers taught the workshop participants about the basic tenets of plastic conservation, the classic Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, which is something we are very familiar with in the states but the practice is not so well known in Cambodia. Everyone involved learned a lot and had fun in the process.
Read on for a first-hand account of the workshop from GSC Master’s Degree Intern and one of the participants helping us further develop our Public Health Training Programs, Anna P.:
“We had the privilege of working with Youth for Peace (YFP), one of GSC’s many partner organizations in Phnom Penh. With YFP’s help, we designed a workshop on Plastic Pollution, focusing on what youth can do to prevent over consumption and poor disposal of plastic in their community. Plastic consumption and disposal is a large problem here [Cambodia]; the students were as surprised as we were to learn that, on average, a Cambodian family used 40-50 plastic bags each week. That’s 2,400 each year! Using participatory exercises, students practiced their English, as we tried some Khmer, and together we listed ways for youth to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reclaim plastic in the community. After the lesson, we played a few games, had a small snack, and had a chance to talk to students about the difference between our homes in the United States, Australia, and England, and their home in Andong. We finished the day with a planting activity on the roof. We used old plastic water bottles to plant morning glories. We can’t wait to see how they are growing! We are so grateful to YFP for letting us come to their Andong office to assist them in this workshop and we hope to check in and see how the students are working to reduce their plastic consumption [in the coming weeks].”
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