By Sokim So
Hello my name is Seamsokim So. I am twenty years old, and a blind person. I am from Phnom Penh city. I have passion for working on children’s rights issues. I have been in child protection-related work for three years and I am a volunteer with AYRG, an organization that advocates against against children, and is supported by UNICEF. I have also developed a reputation for speaking up and debating others in school. This started when I was in in primary school, a special school of Krousar Thmey organization and state school.
As much as I want to achieve many goals, I would simply like to finish college, become a successful businessman and, of course, a better person. An online course will work well for me because I am currently unable to attend classes on campus due to many reasons. The three strategies that I have used for studying are reviewing my notes every day, reading, and self-evaluation. All of these strategies have been very effective for me.
When I was young, I never thought of studying like normal people. But nowadays I’m studying with normal students and have achieved better results than them, such as becoming one of the best students in the class, getting a chance to join ASEAN Child Rights forum in Singapore, getting a good chance to represent Krousar Thmey organization for joining advocacy against child violence, I have been able to participate in meetings with government officials or NGOs and embassy officials, presenting in front of the Prime Minister and ministers, diplomats, and international leaders when they visited my school. I was also able to get a certificate from UNICEF last year and from a private school three years ago. Moreover, I’m also an MC at a radio station in Cambodia
Lastly I’d like to thank the people around me for so much for kindness including my family, relatives, school leaders, teachers, old students, all friends and close friends, Krousar Thmey, UNICEF, and NGO (CRC) — for raising me up. And besides that what I have today is because of you. And according to these experiences and knowledge that I possess, are my basis for standing up and looking to the future. This has been a lot for a teenager to deal with but all of it has made me the better young man I am today!
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.