On Saturday, May 28, a team of students from the University of Cambodia (UC) joined a youth discussion at the Buddhist Education Institute. The discussion topic was “Building a Better Future for Youth.” Over 200 university students, representing 14 universities, and youth leaders from various leading youth organizations attended the event, which was organized by Cambodia-ASEAN Youth Association (CAYA) in cooperation with the Buddhist Education Institute.
During the event, students from various universities were divided into groups to discuss issues related to youth development in the context of a regional ASEAN labor community. The event aimed to develop youth capacity, build stronger youth networks, and promote youth participation in humanitarian and social affairs.
Sok Theavuth, President of Cambodian-ASEAN Youth Association (CAYA), said during his speech that many training workshops for youth have been organized to help human resource development in Cambodia.
“I urge all Cambodian youngsters to keep yourself busy with learning to deploy your readiness for [the] ASEAN community in 2015,” he said. “Otherwise comfortable careers will be absorbed by those qualified foreign laborers, and only lower strata jobs will be available for you.”
Chanty Pisal, President of University of Student Senate (UCSS), led the team of UC students to participate in the event and said that it was worthwhile for youth to discuss their integration and role in the ASEAN labor market.
When asked about his advice to other youth, he said, “You should work harder to build your capacity, skills, and competence and also learn how to immerse yourself with the wider world. . .[and]. . .not just look. . .[at] Cambodia.”