Upcoming Event – Window to Cambodia

The Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network invites you to an online event entitled ‘Window to Cambodia: Aspirations, Challenges and the Pivotal Role of Education’. Taking place on the 20th October 2021 from 12:00-13:30 Irish time/18:00-19:30 Cambodian time, the event promises to be a lively and varied one!

12.00 Introduction and Welcome
Marie Moreau, Event Host
12.05 Empowering for the Future
Video Presentation
12.10 Setting the Scene – Lord David Puttnam
Introduced by Rorth Than, Organising Committee
12.20 Conversation: Cambodia in the World
Where is Cambodia in the world today – developmentally and geopolitically? How does its traumatic past impact the challenges it faces now? What are Cambodia’s opportunities? Are there similarities and synergies between Ireland and Cambodia’s lived experiences?
Mick Clifford
Kimsru Duth
Des Molloy
Paul Gillespie
12.45 Choose Cambodia
Video Presentation introduced by Marie Moreau
12.50 Conversation: Cambodia and Education
Is there a learning crisis in Cambodia? Can Cambodia use education reform to help achieve its goal to be an upper middle-income country by 2030? What are the critical education challenges? How can education contribute to empowerment? Why is the role of the teacher critical for successful learning?
Catherine Byrne, Social Activist and Educator
Shauna O’ Mahony
Seng Kim Hong
Colm Byrne
13.25 An Invitation to Action
Cecelia Gavigan, Chair, Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network
13.30 Ends

Marie Moreau
Marie Moreau is a former primary school Principal. She taught at second and third levels in Lesotho, Southern Africa from 1990-1996 and also worked in an Irish Aid funded primary education programme in Uganda in 2016. She took part in the SeeBeyondBorders Teacher Programme in Cambodia in 2020.

Lord David Puttnam
Lord David Puttnam spent 30 years as a producer of awardwinning films including The Killing Fields (1984). He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment and thecreative industries. In 2012 he was appointed British Prime Minister’s Trade and Cultural Envoy to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Burma.

Rorth Than
Originally from Kandal Province Rorth lives in Siem Reap. Rorth spent two years working as a screenwriter for Mohahang Productions. Rorth works in the communications department of Angkor Hospital for Children and stays actively involved in the Cambodian movie industry in Phnom Penh. Rorth hopes to visit Ireland in 2022.

Michael Clifford
Mick Clifford is an Irish author and investigative journalist currently working as a special correspondent with the Irish Examiner. He was awarded Journalist of the Year in 2016, having won acclaim for his work in exposing the campaign against Irish police whistle-blower Maurice McCabe by senior members of the Garda Siochana. Mick is the host of a weekly podcast which is available on all available platforms. Mick is the author of six books.

Kimsru Duth
The first Cambodian to be awarded an Irish Aid Fellowship Kimsru studied International Development in DCU. Kimsru currently is Academic Class Supervisor at Learning Jungle Cambodia and plays an active role in the Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network. In 2013, Kimsru started working with PEPY Empowering Youth to provide educational opportunities for rural young Cambodian students in Siem Reap.

Dr. Des Molloy
Des Molloy is a Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration practitioner in Phnom Penh. He spent more than twenty years (1975 -1996) in the Irish Defence Forces focused on internal security and anti-terrorism, including UN peace missions. Des has served in Bosnia and Herzeogivna, Rwanda, Ethopia, Kosova and East Timor. Des is course Mentor with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and is an Adjunct Professor at Pannasastra University in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Paul Gillespie
Paul is a columnist with the Irish Times and a senior research fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. He has been appointed to the role of Deputy Director of the UCD Institute for British Irish Studies. He has recently published an article on Europe and the Indo-Pacific concept in Asia and Europe in the 21st Century, New Anxieties, New Opportunities.

Catherine Byrne
A former Deputy General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO),Catherine served as a Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Philanthropies. She has held several Board roles including currently the Board of Early Childhood Ireland and, until recently, as Chair of the Irish Aid funded DICE development education initiative. She is a qualified mediator.

Shauna O Mahony
Shauna graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Art History and Philosophy and followed that with a PGCE in International Education. She has lived in Phnom Penh for 6 years and has worked as a curator of art exhibitions and festivals including Cambodia’s first female empowerment festival and as a director and producer of theatre events. Shauna coordinated Cambodia’s Climate Change Summit (Cop26 climate action event) in 2021.

Kim Hong Seng
Hong is an entrepreneur and has worked in the educational profession since 2005 when he started as an English Teacher. His passion and entrepreneurship has led him to open a school (Speak Like Khmer) in 2017, the only one of its kind school in Siem Reap teaching the Khmer language to foreigners.

Colm Byrne
Colm has lived in Cambodia since 2014 and is the CEO of SeeBeyondBorders Ireland. SeeBeyondBorders provides access to quality education for children in rural schools in Siem Reap and Battambang. Colm is a primary teacher by background and is originally from North County Dublin, Ireland.

Cecelia Gavigan
Cecelia Gavigan is the chair of the Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network. Originally from Westmeath Ceelia teaches in Balbriggan Educate Together National School. Cecelia won the 2018 Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Our World Irish Aid Awards. Cecelia is a longstanding advocate for Cambodian education and development education.

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