Subject to your articles "French ITC funder to pay for
English" and "La langue est une arme" in your last issue, it is optimistic to
say that Cambodian students know how to exercise the right over decision making
for their university future.
Since the world revolves toward the
selection of a common spoken language, Cambodia alone can't refuse this trend.
Although all languages are beneficial to those who've learned them, one is far
more indispensable than others. A foreign language should be nothing but a way
to open Cambodians to the outside world.
As Cambodia is working toward
national reconstruction, its true that all aid/assistance is good to its people.
However, the real value of aid/assistance is not mainly based on how big it is.
A good-will aid should seek to give independence to its beneficiaries as much as
possible. And a "wise" receiver sees help as a means to enable him to stand on
his own feet.
Since any changes in the future would be a difficult and
long process, its extremely important now that Cambodia should start finding its
own way to use the potentialities of aid without being caught in by any
influence, or at least to minimize any "undesirable" effect on its national
- Yos Phanita, Phnom Penh