Who We Are
CIVICUS Cambodia CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education ("CIVICUS Cambodia") is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational, non-governmental organization registered with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior. We are dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy and reconciliation in Cambodia and the larger, globalized world.
A History of Oppression
Up to now, Cambodia has had only a society of "subjects" and “survivors”, not of “representatives” nor “citizens”. We have been "subjects" of colonialism and the monarchy; the Khmer Rouge made us "survivors". Cambodians as survivors are either “survivor-authoritarians” (those in a position of power) or “survivor-subject” (those who are not).
Our Unique Take
There are thousands of NGOs in Cambodia. So what sets us apart?
Since 1991, the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) made us "citizens" on paper and the focus since has been on the "human rights" and less on the "civic responsibilities" of citizenship. The target of these human rights education have been with the adult population and less with the young.
CIVICUS Cambodia defines a "citizen" as a Cambodian who possesses both rights and responsibilities, and our focus starts with young children in educating them not only of their inherent rights but of their civic responsibilities to each other, as well as engage with rest of the population to inform and encourage them on exercising meaningful citizenship.
I. An increased understanding of the institutions of Cambodian constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded;
II. Dialogue as a normal means of communication, especially for peace-building and reconciliation;
III. The skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens
IV. The willingness and ease to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflicts.
CIVICUS Cambodia gives a special emphasis to:
I. Students — from elementary to university level — and the generation born after the Khmer Rouge era
II. Women and Girls
III. Community Leaders and Policymakers