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How can rural Cambodia develop an understanding of technology?

Ly Sengchrea, 26, student at Institute of Foreign Languages
“We should implement computer classes in rural areas because it is an important part of the development of Cambodia. Most people in rural areas don’t know about developing technology, so we need to introduce them to the benefits of modern technology. Young people should get this knowledge from both in and outside of school. There is a good opportunity for university students in Phnom Penh to share their knowledge of modern technology and educate those living in the provinces.”

Leang Sokun Mealdey, 20, student at National University of Management
“I want to create a youth campaign aimed at raising funds to buy computers for schools in remote areas and financing computer teachers. This would help show them the advantage of technology in their daily lives. Also, I would teach them how to use the internet because it can help improve knowledge and allow access to important information. This could help them build the technology sector in the provinces, too.”

Hay Voleak, 18, student at Pannasastra University
“I would create more schools that provide technical skills, like how to use the computer and the internet. This would allow students more opportunities to catch up with urban education. Also, I would use the media to send messages to people in the provinces explaining the advantage of using new technology. I hope that in the future, technology will be developed and reach rural areas if we keep on paying attention to this developing sector.”

Tha Sokhna, 21, former student of Hun Sen Takhmao High School
“I think it’s about changing mindsets first, because people in the countryside aren’t interested in the development of new technology. They are busy with simple livings and trying to earn a profit for their family. Also, the telco companies can’t cover all rural areas. So, if we want to improve this sector, we should expand coverage to allow for easy access. Of course, the issue of price needs to be addressed since access is still expensive.”

EK Sunmonyroth, 21, student at Royal University of Law and Economics 
“We need more educators with computer and internet skills in order to provide knowledge to those living in rural provinces. If I had the chance to visit rural Cambodia, I would explain the advantages of technology in our daily lives. Some organisations or major company stakeholders could benefit from financing computer education in rural areas, as they’re building a future work-force. “

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