In the age of technology development, the world today becomes closer as a global village which all human can communicate and share their story to each other easier.
However, the information development also threatens the world since it is becoming the extremely scrappy, unsecure, unsafe, and less peaceful for the generations both nowadays and future. Even the booming of high technology and economic growth, yet the world and youth today are living in an environment rich of injustices, conflicts, violence, tension, corruption , too self-esteem, and lack of human rights.
Throughout the historical experience between Cambodia and Vietnam in seventeenth and eighteenth century shows the bad image among two nations.
In July 2013 election, the politicians used term “Youn” to attract the voter’s nationalism as what they described this tactic to protect Cambodian sovereignty.
A report from The Cambodia Daily stated that a Vietnamese man was killed in traffic accident. But his Vietnamese peers accuseCambodians’ racism over Vietnamese.
However, the opposition leader who accused of responsible for the murder has denied for the case.
Human cannot wait and see the poor situation goes on without any reaction. They cannot just let’s it go. They want a peaceful environment. They have to take action for it. Youths are the agent of change. They play a vital role to maintain the peace. They cannot change the world alone; for sure youths can make a big difference by changing their behavior and attitude toward their family, community, school, social norm, tradition, religion and believes.
They should begin their change by learning how to combine their passion and enthusiasm with patience, realizing the importance of living together, and should have responsible culture to defend the frontiers of peace and non-violence status quo.
On one hand, the youths should equally understand their leadership capacity by educating themselves on the need for community leadership and taking opportunities available to prioritise leadership development programme especially within them in rural areas because lack of knowledge about basic decision making impedes progress and therefore results in conflicts.
On the other hand, the youths can play an active role in peace and conflict resolution by forming a new phalanx of peace missionaries and NGO network in the grassroots, concentrating on value education and spiritual renewal among children.
In the area of ethnic development, the youth of different ethnic groups can forge links between cultural minorities and popularise shared values, shared culture and traditions handed down from generations to generations. The case of Vietnamese racism is threatening Cambodia and Vietnam’s peace and stability. It’s time for youths to take action. Peaceful talk is the only right solution to the north Myanmar conflict and expects all related parties to seek a ceasefire and start negotiations.
The youths on the political area of development can engage or join in political awareness building, force reforms in bureaucracy to ensure good governance, accountability, transparency and citizenry participation.
Most of the conflicts are caused by the misunderstanding. At the international scene, the youths can become peace ambassadors of their respective countries, promoting exchange programmes in education, culture, science and technology, sports and games and in tourism promotions tounderstand each other and link all the youth of the region and the world in the pursuit and maintenance of peace and conflict.
The Youths have to grow up. They should learn new skills to deal with conflict in non-violent ways and create a community that lives by a credo of non-violence and multicultural appreciation.
With all this and with every youth having at the back of his mind that wherever he goes, peace is with him because without peace, he cannot live, then the 21st century would be a century of tolerance, peace and conflict free.