On July 31, 2014, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, STT (under a media project of Urban Voice) organized a workshop on “The Urban Voice for Urban Development”. Mr. Ee Sarom, acting president of STT, opened the program by welcoming the participation of students, community representatives, civil society,and other related organizations. The purpose of the program was to provide opportunities for participants to post comments and exchange ideas and experiences that they have encountered in the region.
Through the Sahmakum Teang Tnaut organization, this workshop provided a valuable learning experience and an active debate forum for finding solutions to problems that the participants had encountered. Under Mr. My Sovann’s guidance, the workshop followed a pre-arranged plan to make participants aware of many other challenges that occur in the city. After the debate, STT also organized games that asked participants to use simple patterns and work together to solve hypothetical problems.
Participants and organizers all had lunch together. This included a special activity in which participants had to debate and find a way to solve different problems. After a timeout, the seminar resumed and the organizers distributed the participants into separate groups in which they shared advice on the continuing development of the city and also explained some of the lessons from the workshop.
It took nearly a full day, but the workshop was very beneficial for the participants and organizers who were all able to learn from each other. They all picked up important pieces of experience and knowledge and, moreover, participants were given the opportunity to solve problems that regularly occur in Cambodian society. Although this workshop only lasted for a day, it made everyone more conscious of the contributions they can make to this city’s social development, which is a big step in the right direction.
At the end of the program, everyone had a better understanding of the problems that occur in society and how to solve them through participation and future development. STT was delighted to provide more understanding and awareness of urban development challenges and to promote collaboration to solve issues and help people living in Phnom Penh.