Feb 27 is National Clean City Day

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Re: Feb 27 is National Clean City Day

Post by newkidontheblock » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:13 am

Educating Khmer on tidiness?

Sorry, fail. Had the lady next to me on the airplane to Phnom Penh generating rubbish and furtively kicking all of it to a corner below the seat posts.

This is after ignoring repeated passes by the airplane cabin crew to collect trash.
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Re: Feb 27 is National Clean City Day

Post by explorer » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:47 am

I did a little voluntary English teaching last year. I would meet some of the students out for a walk in the evening. They would pick up rubbish and put it in a bin. This group is taught, and involved in, more than just university, and I think they will have a positive influence in Cambodia.

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Re: Feb 27 is National Clean City Day

Post by Freightdog » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:57 pm

newkidontheblock wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:13 am
Educating Khmer on tidiness?

Sorry, fail.
It’s not a Khmer thing, though. It’s highly prevalent in other parts of south east Asia. (My references mainly include India, Bangladesh, Malaya. KL/Malaya having much improved over the last decade, in some ways). It’s largely down to self- and mutual- respect, and teaching. I saw much of the same poor social behaviour there.

(I’m speculating...)
In India/Bangladesh their mentoring and role models are from an era still highly influenced by the trauma of the partition, several times over.
In Cambodia, I wonder if the same effect isn’t partially as a result of the history of the seventies? I can’t speak for earlier times, as was too young and getting clipped around the ear for littering.

Interestingly, the Sri Lankan population seems much more aware, socially, and yet still has a some diverse racial and cultural communities.

Engaging the younger generations and making an effort to break the bad habits the older generations must surely be a significant step in the process, but not the only one.

Just in case anyone thinks that this is the preserve of the third world/Asia, I’d suggest looking at the verges along some of Britain’s motorways, and the (US) States, too.*

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