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PEN Cambodia has recently started a new programme that aims to promote freedom of expression in Cambodia through engaging writers, students and teachers in literary activities by organizing training workshops, writer forums and establishing PEN School Clubs (both in the cities and in rural communities).
The main objectives of this project are: to foster the culture of reading and writing for school children and students from early childhood; to provide capacity building for writers in Cambodia by bring together writers, translators, authors and scholars to discuss ways to promote quality of their writings, writing rights and publications; and, finally, to promote public participation in dialogues and debates through literary activities and events.

PEN Cambodia’s activities form part of a new International Programmes initiative jointly supported by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Agency. The aim of the new initiative is to support civil society and capacity building activities in several countries including, among others, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Central Asia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi and Puerto Rico.

For more information please contact International Programmes Officer Emese Kovács: emese.kovacs@pen-international.org

PEN International celebrates literature and promotes freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now comprises 146 Centres spanning more than 100 countries. Our programmes, campaigns, events and publications connect writers and readers for global solidarity and cooperation. PEN International is a non-political organization and holds consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO.

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