Kep City. Creating a school of communication does not mean only to get rooms, cameras, computers and microphones. Tools are evidently important, but great reporters and communicators can manage even without a laptop. Schools need especially masters of the skill. Some weeks ago – February 15 – the students of social communication of the Don Bosco Vocational Center got a real special visit: Photojournalist Arjay R.J. Stevens, a German national based in Cambodia since 1996.
Mr. Arjay told me in an email from Phnom Penh, after his experience with 30 students, 10 of them from the Don Bosco Technical School of Sihanoukville, that he loved to work with the students, ‘keen to learn new more sophisticated things, even there’s lacks of basics.’ Doubtless he refers to the lack of some material like photographic cameras. Knowing that the school depends on charity, we can not ask the students to buy photographic cameras since they come from impoverished communities. However, it is completely unquestionable: we cannot teach photography without photographic cameras !!!
He proposed that students should – might – read news daily and ‘learning the culture of discussion among each other (not only the same age!) and to institutionalize it, and he concludes in his email ‘this as an important basic-democratic learn process…‘
Finding journalists like Mr. Arjay able to dedicate their time to meet young people in their process to learn a skill like communication, journalism and others, is a treasure, especially in a country like Cambodia where some ‘professionals’ think only in money. I would like to invite the national and international media in Cambodia to visit the social communication and journalism sections of Sihanoukville and Kep, to share with the students, to give a little time of their busy life and to contribute to the development of the Cambodian media. We are creating at the two schools a journalist friendly atmosphere where any journalist can find a ‘service station,’ for example to work freely online, to find an available computer, to request the support of our students to make interviews, translations or simply to take some rest in our academic atmosphere, while sharing with the students. Just contact me if you are around Sihanoukville or Kep.
Donate a laptop computer, a photographic camera, a book or any thing you consider useful for the students of social communication in Don Bosco Kep & Sihanoukville.