In an effort to continue national reconciliation, the
Documentation Center of Cambodia is planning two projects in 2009: the
establishment of a research center in Phnom
Penh and continued efforts to teach students more
about the history of the Khmer Rouge.
"The teaching of history and the building of this
center is a chapter for Cambodia
to walk away from hell and walk away from the killing fields, and to step
forward toward national reconciliation," said Youk Chhang, director of the
A team for Columbia
University, in New York, will work with Education Ministry
officials to build the research center and prepare teaching programs and texts
for more than 3,000 teachers.
The new curriculum will be based on the book "A History
of Democratic Kampuchea," written by Documentation Center
researcher Khamboly Dy.
The research center will be the largest of its kind in Asia.