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Our first destination was this carvings school called Artisans d’Angkor. This is the place where Cambodians are given hands on training to produce fine arts and crafts which are later sold to public.
The Chantiers-Écoles de formation professionnelle, a professional training school, was founded to help young Cambodians rediscover traditional handicrafts and give them the opportunity to take part in the rebuilding process their country had undertaken. The CEFP is a public institution which was established in response to an urgent need to train disadvantaged young people with little formal education, living for the most part in rural areas, and offer them a job entry program.
Artisans d’Angkor was established as a natural offshoot of the Chantiers-Écoles project as a school-to-work transition for the young craftsmen that had been trained. The skilled artisans could thus be organized into a self-sustaining handicraft network. [Source]
Basically, we were ushered into different production rooms to witness how each craft was made.
Most of the workers in oil painting section are deaf-mute. Artisans d’Angkor is certainly doing the right thing by providing necessary training to underprivileged people so that they can sustain themselves in the future. By doing that too, it is hoped that there will be more organizations and investors to come forward and help these people too.
And you won’t believe your eyes how detailed these crafts actually look.
The visit was quite fast but meaningful. We visited the crafts-selling center but did not buy any of them because we were on budget constraint. We took some photos around and probably hang around for another 15 minutes before we left.
Next up… spooky and eerie encounter at The Killing Fields Memorial.