Salariin Kampuchea

Public Education in Cambodia faces great challenges and it often fails to provide skills that are useful to access job market. Low-income youth, especially from rural areas, which can't afford private education, doesn't really have the choice to attend high schools or Universities or to choose their own career paths. Salariin Kampuchea is a Cambodian NGO that provides free extra-curriculum English, Computer and Life skills courses to poorest children and young people of Siem Reap province and the rural areas. Siem Reap is the number one tourist destination in Cambodia but also one of the poorest regions in the country, with 51.8% of the population living in poverty. Outside of the tourism s...
Oct 28, 2014

Health Education and Career Knowledge Improvement

Washing hand
Washing hand

Social and career training is very helpful for young adults because it can be applied in their lives through skills, knowledge and experience. Our aim is to promote our young adults’ health and hygiene by conducting lessons and promoting good practices. Please read on to find out more about how Life Skills students benefit from the sessions.

There have been many positive results from our life skill project in the last three months. Our students have benefitted from knowledge and experiences on various topics related to health, hygiene and work experience. Firstly, they are now able to recognize the symptoms of illnesses such as colds, TB, dengue fever, malaria, HIV and chronic diseases, and how disease and infection can be caused in their daily lives. Students are also aware of how to avoid communicable diseases.

Secondly, to help them avoid diseases, students learnt both theory and good practices from our workshops, including hand washing and teeth brushing. The students are now able to differentiate between hygiene and sanitation, and understand the effects of having a lack of either. The students were also instructed on the general health benefits of playing sports and going to the gym.

The students learn about the risks associated with underage sexual intercourse, and about safe sex and the use of protection. The importance and use of condoms were explained and general family planning advice given.

The students have also been given experience and training in various hotel departments, such as the role of front of house staff and their responsibilities. Students visited Soria Moria Boutique Hotel (www.thesoriamoria.com) and a guest speaker, Mr. Chhunlim Chuot, from Pacific Hotel & Spa shared his experiences at a workshop on Front Office Department Work at our school.

One student, Sambath shared her feelings about health and hygiene she has learnt: “First time, I don’t think health and hygiene are important. So it is no problem but after I finished the lessons, I understand and get some knowledge why we need a good health and hygiene. Health is a condition of body and when we have a good health, we are free from illness and hygiene can keep and help people or environment clean. Especially, it can help our body escapes from diseases. As the results, I am aware of the benefits when we have a good health and hygiene. We can prevent from any diseases, we do not spend money lots for medicine, and we do not spend sometimes for treatment. Furthermore, when having a good health and hygiene can help us to do anything, such as work, study as well as business. Finally, I think that the lessons are the most important. Having a good health is wealthy. So we should eat right, live right everyday”.

In the coming three months, we will organize further visits to local businesses, youth employment services and vocational training centers, and conduct a workshop related to traffic laws and a cooking lesson.

We are very proud to have provided this extremely valuable course, and we would like to thank all donors again who supported us through Global Giving. With the help of our partners at Global Giving, and you, we hope to keep building on this and moving forward with our personal and career training program for young adults.

Warm regards, 

The Salariin Kampuchea Team

Sharing experience workshop
Sharing experience workshop
Visit Soria Moria Hotel
Visit Soria Moria Hotel

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Aug 26, 2014

Computer Skills, Spelling Bee and Work Experience

Youth team becomes volunteer teachers
Youth team becomes volunteer teachers

Our aim is to expand the life prospects of disadvantaged children and young people in Siem Reap by empowering them to respond to Cambodia’s changing job market. To achieve this, we provide beginner and intermediate English language classes, basic computer skills training, and work experience opportunities.

Computer Skills:

In the last three months, three computer classes graduated from the introductory Excel program. 23 out of 26 students passed the final test successfully and we will present them with certificates next month. 53 new young people have registered for the next basic introductory computer course, and have been divided into 3 classes.

Spelling Bee:

The Spelling Bee is a special annual competition which helps students with their English vocabulary. Students from ten basic and intermediate classes will participate in the competition. Students have been given word lists taken from their text books to revise, and have been trained in the rules of a Spelling Bee.  

One student, Mesa, expressed her feeling about learning English with SK:

“My name is Mesa. I am 15 years old. I am a student and a youth volunteer of Salariin Kampuchea Organization. Before I study at Salariin Champ, I did not know how to teach, how to work in group and I am afraid of standing in front of many people but while I am studying there, I get education not only English, but I have also a chance to learn to work in team, do a research and have a cooperation in team work. Moreover, I and other students have an opportunity to join the school’s program such as student’s parent meeting. We present the school project and its programs. Beside of the these, Salariin Kampuchea provides me an opportunity to be  a student volunteer to teach and encourage weak students for their study here. On the other hands, in the end of every lessons teacher always gives them exercises to research and work in group and do a presentation. this is why I can improve or increase my knowledge, do not be afraid of standing in front of lots of people and also make very intimate between students and students. We can share knowledge to each other. Sometimes, we also vision the hotels which are the cooperation partner. Last but not least, I am very happy that I have chosen a good school because Salariin Kampuchea provides high quality of education and feel confident on ourselves. Therefore, I still study at Salariin Kampuchea and study hard to be good student, good kid, good friends and good citizen to develop my school and community. Salariin Kampuchea is the best choice.”

Work experience availabilities

To help them respond to Cambodia’s changing job market, Salariin Kampuchea offers young people who have graduated from both our English and computer programs the chance to experience work internally with SK teachers, or externally with our partner companies and restaurants. Currently, 15 ex-students have signed up for internal work experience. These young adults make up our “youth team”, and assist our teachers and librarian, gaining hands-on teaching experience that they will take into future careers. The work experience program also provides young people with their first reference, which will greatly help them as they search for work in the future.

One student, Sreyroth, shared her felling about the work she is doing at Salariin Kampuchea:

” My name is Sreyroth. I am 18 years old. I live in Chreave village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Salariin Kampuchea has provided me to study English, computer and life skills. Now I am trained to become a teacher. I really enjoy to study here because all the teachers are educated and friendly. I already finished my English, computer and life skills class successfully. Teachers always have encouragement, supporting and giving us a chance to become a volunteer teacher to help weak students in the school. Actually, I am happy with my job here. I have more confident on myself and get a new experience. All students are improving day by day after I help them before their class starts.  They are also happy with my support and encouragement. I hope that they will become smart and strong students. They will get high education and become brave.”

Another student, Em, gave her feeling about the work she is doing at Salariin Kampuchea:

“My name is Sa Em. I am 18 years old. I live in Chreav village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap district, Siem Reap province. I am a student in Salariin Kampuchea organization. Salariin Kampuchea invaded me English, computer and life skill class. Moreover, Salariin Kampuchea gives me a chance to become a youth team. I teach children so that I get a lot of experiences, knowledge  and  have funny activities with children. I know about children what they want to do or to study. It is wonderful for me because I share my knowledge and my experience to other students. I hope they will get successful with their study. Finally, I want to say thanks to Salariin Kampuchea Organization team for everything.”

Over the next three months, we will conduct certificate tests for the basic level English classes, and arrange the finals of the Spelling Bee competition. We will also hold a certificate ceremony for graduating English and computer students. Hygiene awareness and education activities, focusing on hand washing, will also be conducted for more than 200 students. We will also run origami and drawing activities in the library. Finally, computer teacher training will be provided for our youth team, and a blog building workshop will be held for both youth team and staff.

 

We would like to thank everyone who supported us though GlobalGiving. With your help we hope to continue and build upon the success of our non-formal education program.

Warmest regards, 

The Salariin Kampuchea Team

Youth team teaches computer students
Youth team teaches computer students
Youth team teaches English to weaker students
Youth team teaches English to weaker students

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Jul 25, 2014

The 3rd Life Skill Generation Benefit from Visit

Visit a hotel
Visit a hotel

Our aim is to provide social and career opportunities to young adults from which they can gain skills, knowledge and experience. We do this through apprenticeships and visits to local businesses in Siem Reap. Please read on to find out more about our first visit to a local hotel for the 3rd generation of Life Skills students.

In the last few months, we have made excellent progress with social education and career training. The courses have included: communication, food, diseases, the body and a visit to a hotel.

At the start of June, our students went on their first visit to Le Meridien Angkor Hotel (http://www.lemeridienangkor.com) The visit was a big success, as students have gained insight, knowledge and first-hand experience of hotel industry – one of the biggest employers in the area.

A student, Pov shared her feelings about the visit: “When I arrived at the hotel with my classmates and teachers, I feel a bit nervous and worried because I did not know what to do but everything changed with the hotel staff’s friendly welcome, I was very happy and excited. It was beautiful and I learnt about the decoration of the hotel. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from the hotel. Firstly, I saw staff doing work that I have never seen before. Secondly, I learnt about the hotel background. Thirdly, I learned about the staff positions, for example: accountant, bartender, mechanic, cook, receptionist, housekeeper, manager, and service etc. I am very thankful to the teachers and the Le Meridien Angkor Hotel for allowing me to visit the hotel. I hope I can visit other hotels again.”

In the coming three months, we will organize further visits to local businesses; invite a guest speaker from a hotel to share their experiences in follow-up workshops and continue social education including hygiene, sexual and physical education classes. These courses are essential in ensuring our students are healthy, confident and have the skills they need to gain employment.

We are very proud to have provided this extremely valuable course, and we would like to thank all donors again who supported us through Global Giving. With the help of our partners at Global Giving, and you, we hope to keep building on this and moving forward with our personal and career training program for young adults.

Warm regards, 

The Salariin Kampuchea Team

Group discussion for social education
Group discussion for social education
Quiz for social lesson
Quiz for social lesson

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