Second workshop on “Urban Voice and City Development
Posted On : December, 27, 2013 | By សំឡេងទីក្រុង

On December 14, 2013, the Urban Voice team hosted the second workshop on “Urban Voice and City Development” at Phnom Penh Institute of Technology (PPIT). 30 students were from different universities in Phnom Penh, who are studying Architecture, Civil Engineering, IT, Electronics, English literature, Law, and Economics, attended the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to share experiences of the project, the work of Urban Voice, and development issues so that they can share their points of view about city development and the impacts of development.

Furthermore, students gained a lot of knowledge by contributing to the social development of society through submitting reports to the Urban Voice website.

Participants were divided into 4 small groups, each group discussed the 4 questions below:

  1. What do you want to see Phnom Penh look like in the future?
  2. How can students or youth participatein city development?
  3. If the city is clean and beautiful what can be the advantage for Cambodia?
  4. What are the challenges facing students that are staying in Phnom Penh city?

What we want to see with the development of Phnom Penh: 

–        Clean city with fresh air

–        The buildings are in order, with good standards

–        Drainage system is good

–        Many green parks and places for doing exercise

–        Enough public services

–        Enough parking lots with good order

–        Smooth traffic and safe roads

–        The streets are clean

–        Good waste management

–        Develop without filling up the lakes near or in the city

–        Green landscape

–        Enough private and public educational buildings ( Human Resource )

–        Markets are kept in order

–        Urbanization ( roads, schools, pagodas, hospitals, commercial buildings, drainage system, electricity)

–        Education ( There are enough dormitories for students from the province to stay )

Students and youth could be involved in city development through:

–        Obeying the traffic laws

–        Putting trash in trash bins

–        Joining the rubbish collection task force with the community or an organization

–        Clean the city environment

–        Study hard

–        Participate in workshops on education

–        Constructive criticism for development

–        Participate in planting  trees, and explain to people about the usefulness of having a good environment

–        Obey the laws

–        Work as a volunteer to explain to people about our city development

–        Actively participate in sharing knowledge about traffic laws

–        Apply current knowledge and skills to contribute to city development

–        Share reports or news about social development to social media networks

Advantages of a clean city

–        Attract tourists which can help generate income for local people

–        Attract investors to invest in our country

–        Good and healthy environment and enough public services for people

–        Many green spaces and resorts where people can reduce stress and tension

–        Accessible roads so it’s easily to travel

–        Economic growth with a lot of investments

–        Become well-known internationally

–        Preserved natural resources (fish in lakes and in the sea)

The challenges facing students staying in Phnom Penh:

–        Lack of electricity to use and not enough light on some streets during night time

–        Traffic jams

–        Dirty environment

–        Anarchic buildings i.e built without any adherence to building codes and without following a city plan

–        People do not obey the laws

–        Robbery

–        Prices of goods have increased

–        Young gangsters

–        The university tuition fees are high

–        Few job opportunities

–        Living with poor hygiene

–        Pollution (noise, air, water..)

–        Safety concerns

–        Public and private transportation services are few and do not follow any standard

–        Do not have enough money to pay for school tuition fees

–        Distance from students’ residences and school are far a way

–        Lack of nutrition food

–        Lack of study materials

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