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Opening Ceremony Scheduled for the 9th Ministry of Information Children's Music and Song Festival

PHNOM PENH, April 10, 2024 – In anticipation of the upcoming 9th Ministry of Information Children's Music and Song Festival, a Krong Pali Ceremony was held to ensure a seamless event. Organized by Minister Neth Pheaktra, the chairperson of the festival committee, the ceremony took place on May 9, 2024, at Chaktomuk Mongkul Hall within the Ministry of Information premises.

The festival, set to open on May 12, 2024, aims to empower youth through the arts, specifically music and song, to engage with essential human rights including the right to education, protection, and participation. This year’s festival also commemorates several key dates: the 75th International Children's Day on June 1, the 23rd World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, and Cambodian Children's Day.

The event encourages the participation of young students aged 8 to 13 from both public and private sectors across all regions. Each contestant is required to perform two original songs that emphasize values such as etiquette, morality, respect for elders, environmental stewardship, and law obedience, including traffic laws and anti-drug awareness. These compositions should be age-appropriate and educational.

Minister Neth Pheaktra highlighted the festival as a platform for nurturing a spirit of cultural appreciation and moral values among children. He credited the initiative to former Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith, and other previous leaders for their foundational work in this culturally significant event. The minister also extended his gratitude to various sponsors who supported the festival, including prominent figures and local businesses, ensuring a successful and impactful event for Cambodia’s youth.

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