Documentation Center of Cambodia


Genocide Education in Cambodia

Commune Teacher Training at Preah Monivong High School

 September 17-23, 2011, Battambang, Cambodia


Photo by: Dara P. Vanthan, Dany Long, Khamboly Dy, and Sovann Mam

On 17-23 September, 2011, the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MOEYS), conducted the eighth commune teacher training in Battambang Province. The training was conducted in Preah Monivong High School, located in the center of the provincial town. Seventy-two participants from various lower and upper secondary schools across the province attended the training.


The eighth commune teacher training was highlighted by a speech by Dr. Ka Sunbaunat, a national psychiatrist who talked about the effects of the KR atrocities on the Cambodian population, including both the direct victims and those born after the regime. He also shared his expertise on how traumatized people could deal with certain mental problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Mr. Mei Meakk (former personal adviser to Pol Pot and currently Deputy Governor of Pailin Province) came to talk about the DK policies and its implications on Cambodian people. Mei Meakk’s presentation complemented the textbook in which participants had a chance to ask a lot of questions about Pol Pot and the DK government.