The authorities are beefing up their efforts to educate to the public – especially students – on the danger of drugs, vapes, HIV and traffic accidents. The government has identified these issues as serious problems that require a concerted effort to address.

Their latest activity was an August 4 workshop in Pursat province for students, teachers and local authorities.

The National Police announced that the training was led by Hor Bunleng, deputy director of the National Aids Authority, Lim Tonghout, director of the National Authority for Combating Drugs’ legislation, education, and rehabilitation department, and Soeu Socheata, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

Both Bunleng and Tonghout regarded the issues discussed as serious ones which required all members of the public to work hand-in-hand to prevent.

They suggested that any member of the public who witnessed activities relating to any of these issues should notify the authorities as quickly as possible.

Socheata told the assembled invitees that students needed to avoid all of these issues so they could play their part in assuring that Cambodia reached its goals of becoming a high-middle income country by 2030, and a high income one by 2050.

She declared that education had a crucial role to play in achieving the goals, and avoiding serious problems – like the ones identified by the government – was the first step required in order to focus on studying.