A delegation of the Catholic Education Office of Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh met and reported on the processing of Distance and E-Learning during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) preventing to H.E Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, the Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport of Cambodia.
- July 01, 2020
On June 22, 2020, a delegation of the Catholic Education Office of Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh led by Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusler, Apostolic Vicar and Chairman of the Board of Education of Cambodia Catholic Education Commission, accompanied by Mr. Kim Ratana, Representative of Caritas Cambodia, Mr. Phon Sophal, Rector of Saint Paul Institute (SPI), Mr. Pich Vibol, Principal of Saint Francois Private General Knowledge High School, Mr. Yun Samath, Principal of Saint Francois Private Technical High School, and Mrs. Lay Makara, Director of the Catholic Education Office met and reported on the processing of Distance and E-Learning during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) preventing to H.E Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, the Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport of Cambodia.
Bishop Olivier had also informed the Minister Hang Chuon Naron of all efforts that education in Catholic Church prepared to prevent the Covid-19 with the recommendation of the Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Health to close the school temporarily. All schools strive to allocate programs and pursue education activities in different ways such as; in person, with students at home, with parents in kindergarten and elementary. We had prepared online classes (Distance and e-Learning) for high school and Saint Paul Institute since April 2020. For Technical High School, there is practical practice under the supervision of teachers and lecturers in the field. Bishop Olivier also expressed with gratitude and appreciated the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport of Cambodia that launched a distance and e-learning program to help students in different ways during this difficult time of Covid-19. Bishop Olivier asked the minister, it should be allowed to meet in class by limiting the number of students? It will be better to have class by group at home.
Minister of Education Dr.Hang Chuon Naron expressed thanks to Bishop Olivier for his insightful comments and thoughtfulness. He appreciated what Catholic Church in Phnom Penh Vicariate has involved and followed the recommendation letters from the Ministry in term of providing distance and e-Learning to students. He also thanks Bishop Olivier as well as all academic education colleagues for their efforts in establishing E-Learning or Distance Learning. Responding to Bishop Olivier's question, the Mister mentioned that Cambodia looks OK for now and we should open school but if there is an infection of Covid-19, what can we handle this situation? Who will suffer from this virus? It is the poorest people who suffer the most. For now, we have 127, but if it is increased to 1000 or more, we will find it difficult and get into trouble. This is an issue that our prime minister is concerned about. In this condition, we should listen to our Prime Minister in order to protect our country safely first. The Ministry is considering opening all schools in next year 2021.
On this occasion, on behalf of the leadership of the Saint Paul Institute (SPI), We would like to thank H.E Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusler for his guidance and facilitation of Distance and E-Learning during the fight against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). And also, we would like to express our deep thanks to the leaders of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports at all levels, especially H.E Hang Chuon Naron, for his continued support and encouragement to have Distance and E-Learning to the entire Catholic schools.