Pol Pot's Regime: Cambodian Genocide

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Rebekka Rogers Mrs.Leinbach Social Studies 7 April 2015 What impact did Pol Pot’s regime have on the education of children from the beginning of the cambodian genocide to the early 1990’s ? The Khmer Rouge attempted to eradicate organised religion and digested minority groups leading to cultural genocide (Writer). Through the Cambodian genocide, education played a detrimental role. During the time of Pol Pot’s regime, education that was not provided by the Khmer Rouge was deemed as unwelcome. The idea that reading and writing were entirely forbidden under the Khmer Rouge is in fact a myth (Chigas). The Khmer Rouge wanted to develop an educational system to teach literacy. The Khmer Rouge educational system was against all Marxist traditions…show more content…
While the primary school net enrollment rate is an impressive 96 percent, the rate for lower secondary is 34 percent and for upper secondary is only 21 percent (WorldFactbook). Due to high rates of poverty in the rural areas, poor quality of education, and insufficient number of classrooms and teachers, school dropout rates in Cambodia remain high at the primary school (8.7 percent) and lower secondary school (19.6 percent) levels (WorldFactbook). Cambodia’s education system continues to be affected by a weak public sector service delivery system, minimal teacher capacity, lack of school facilities, and inadequate enrollment levels.With the fertility rates dropping during the time of the genocide, there are hardly any middle aged people in Cambodia, making the…show more content…
The Plan, a one hundred and ten page typewritten document, was drawn up at a meeting held between July 21 and August 2, 1976, by the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK). The Party was primarily concerned with agricultural development. The first eighty-five pages of the Plan are almost exclusive to the goals for rice production, agriculture, and industry. The Party's objectives for culture, education, social action and health appear only in the last twenty pages of the document (Chigas). "The Fields of Culture, Literature, Art, Technology, Science, Education of the People, Propaganda, and Information" indicates that the Party considered propaganda and literacy necessary components of its overall strategy to "build socialism and revolutionary consciousness." This further proves my point of the Khmer wanting to change the mind of the entire

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