The Cambodia-Japan Friendship Skills Training Centre was officially opened on Feb.
10. Two new buildings, which house the Centre, were constructed under the coordination
of the Japan Sotoshu Relief Committee (JSRC), a secular, non-profit organization
that receives support from Zen Buddhists throughout Japan.
The Centre is located on the grounds of the Beong Trabek High School. The facility
provides training in sewing, embroidery, electronics and carpentry. More than 1,000
junior and senior high school students are currently enrolled in training programs
lasting up to six months.
"A skills training centre of this kind may help students get the technical knowledge
necessary to enable them to choose appropriate professions in the future so they
can become useful people in society," said Mr. Oum Hoeung, director of the Phnom
Penh Municipality Education Service at the opening ceremony.
The two buildings cost more than U.S. $380,000 to construct, with funds provided
by the Vluchteling Foundation of Holland, Japanese individual and government donations,
UNDP, and UNICEF. The centre's operational costs are being covered by JSRC.