About 30 percent of Cambodian youth possesses STEM qualification competitive with their peers in ASEAN, according to Minister of Education Youth and Sports H.E. Hang Chuon Naron.
The minister underlined the message when presiding over an official opening of YSEALI STEM Education Regional Workshop on Tuesday at an outsourced venue here in Phnom Penh, adding that some of the Cambodian youths even outdo their reginal peers.
H.E. Hang Chuon Naron's affirmation builds on solid ground and follows successes of Cambodian youths from both regional and international STEM challenges.
Cambodia, he continued, are working hard to promote STEM in the recent years, including capacity training to teachers, establishment of two new pedagogical centres, and mainstreaming of STEM learning in some 250 schools.
Hosting four-day YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) STEM Education Regional Workshop � organised by Asia Foundation and STEM Cambodia through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh � also reflects the ministry's above-mentioned endeavour.
During the opening, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. William Heidt viewed that Cambodia has a big young population, which is an important asset for the country, and STEM can help them becoming education experts and creators.
Based on Live Science's online definition, STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines � science, technology, engineering and mathematics � in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
Rather than teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world application, added the online source.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press