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Think Global Make Local (TGML) is a free product development training course for committed Cambodians. The course features 4 experienced teachers who will teach the entire product development cycle including product design, computer aided design and manufacturing, electronics and a strong focus on business. Selected students will be given access to maker tools and equipment including unlimited access to 3D printing, electronic components and laser cutting. The vision is for students to create a product and develop a suitable business plan to allow them to successfully bring the product to market.
TGML target Creating Opportunity Lack of Invention-related skills. The Cambodian government has announced its intention to boost growth in STEM subjects, while the private sector has highlighted a shortage of qualified applicants in technical and engineering fields. The Industrial Development Policy states that there is a “scarcity of basic technical knowledge and skills that is crucial to transform an unskilled labor force into a skilled labor force capable of absorbing new and high value technical and technological skills.”
This year, ARC Hub PNH won a grant from USAID’s Development Innovations which helped to launch Think Global Make Local (TGML)
Two top students from the first TGML course were chosen for an additional month of business development training to market and sell their products
TGML target Enabling a Brighter Future Low design and production capacity. The product design and manufacturing industry in Cambodia is virtually non-existent, presenting a serious impediment to economic development. In its Industrial Development Policy, the government of Cambodia’s 10-year strategy to promote the industrial development as a key driver of its economic growth, the government acknowledged the “low level of technology application utilizing obsolete technology with low productivity”
DOYDOY Em Chanrithykol Rithykol was interested in creating a product that would enable young learners to create fantastic structures while developing an understanding of engineering, all this at a very low cost. He developed DOYDOY. A product that consists of a series of fixings that are cheap to produce and enable young learners to create complex structures using straws. Rithykol is currently in the process of having moulds produced to enable the injection moulding of the fixings. He hopes to make the product available to all young learners in Cambodia.
AKARA Molika Molika recognized a deterioration in literacy of the Khmer script, and wanted to develop a tool to promote and maintain her nation’s culture. Molika used computer design and a laser cutting tool to produce plastic stencils “AKARA” to help young Cambodian children, as young as 3 years, to learn how to write letters in the Khmer alphabet, properly. Not only can children use the stencils to write, but they can also combine the blocks to produce words.