Saturday, July 26, 2014

Community preschool improves transition to primary school for Ut Voy

By Rowena Campbell

8 year old Ut Vov attends primary school in Beng Primary Sschool, rural Prey Veng province, about 90 km East of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Ut is now in grade 2 at primary school, two years after leaving Beng Community Pre School. Ut joined the pre-school when he was 4 years old. Despite battling autism, he learnt to play with other children, draw, and recognize the alphabet under the influence of his teacher, Ms. Sokhom.

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8 year old Ut Vov now attends primary school after the dedicated teaching and support of the Community Pre School teacher

“I know that every day I am doing something important” Community preschool teacher: Nak Sokhom

By Rowena Campbell

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Ms. Sokham teaches 3-5 year olds at the village Community Preschool

Preschool students giggle and shout as they join in with their teacher learning numbers, singing songs and drawing pictures of a train track on their small blackboard slates. Surrounded by colouful drawings and hanging posters showing images of the alphabet and numbers, Nak Sokhom teaches a group of 3 to 5 year olds.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No child left out: Including Ethnic Minorities in Cambodian Primary Schools

By Sok Thol

In a multilingual programme, Ly Vanarasmey, 15, could first learn in her native language as well as learning Khmer at the same time.
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RATTANAKIRI, Cambodia, 9 July 2014 – Ly Vanarasmey, 15 is currently a grade 6 student at Krolong multilingual primary school in Ochum district, Rattanakiri province. She is the oldest child in her family and has two other siblings. Her sister is a grade 2 student and her brother is in grade 1. They all attend the same multilingual programme in their school because they speak Kreung at home as opposed to Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Vulnerable children and women supported by their communities

By Victoria Enström and Hun Sovadhanak

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Chuy Tha (left), mother of son, Gun and daughter, Tin, is happy that the family received a water filter from the commune council. In the background the children’s grandmother. Pey village, Sam Proch commune, Kampong Thom province.

KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia, 4 July 2014 – Chuy Tha, 32 and her three children have been identified as one of the most vulnerable families in Pey village, Sam Proch commune, Kampong Thom province. Tha and her husband work on other people’s land and only earn 10 000 riels (US$2.5) per day. The family does not have a safe water source and used to drink water directly from a pond in the rice field. When the Sam Proch commune council was made aware of the situation of Tha’s family, it provided them with a ceramic water filter that makes the water safe to drink. ”Now we no longer have diarrhoea and the water doesn’t smell or taste bad” says Tha. Her 12 year old daughter Ohl Thin adds, “We use it every day.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Growing up in Cambodia: Saihaan, 13, Kampong Speu Province

As told to Eva Khattri

Saihaan, aged 13, wants to become a Doctor and help save people’s lives.
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My name is Saihaan and I am 13 years old. I dropped out of school when I wasin grade 3 because my family kept moving from one place to another. But I could go back to school in grade 4. Now I take Accelerated Learning Classes for grades 5 and 6 in the Primary School of Svay Char in Kong Peseiy district of Kampong Speu province. My teachers tell me that if I study well and pass my exams, I will reach grade 7 at the right age.