One of our goals is to enhance education through non- formal education activities. To achieve this, we provide extra curriculums to support disadvantaged students in Siem Reap through English program, basic computer skills, work experience, community library, life skill, scholarship program and partnership with public schools to keep retention and attendance and hotels for work experience and job arrangement. Over the last three months there have been many positive changing activities and achievements within our organization, which continues to work hard to make a positive impact in the community.
For the last three months, our community library has been conducted optional activities for the children and young adults. A librarian conducted a reading club, a movie show, folding pictures and painting. The students are able to gain general knowledge, and empower their reading habit, and had fun. They are also able to watch basic and easy English movies. They also produced pictures of animals and flowers in order to decorate their library.
One student, Sat express her feeling about attending in the library activities. “Hello! My name is Reaksmey. I am 15 years old. I’m studying English at Salariin Kampuchea. Salariin Kampuchea has also a library and I love reading books the best. I think library is important for me because when I want to research I can come to the library and check the internet. I can know the new words though reading books because there are a lot of book in the library. I can ask librarian about my problems. If I do not have enough time to read a book in the library I can borrow a book for read in home. I love the library so much”.
204 disadvantaged students are equipped in English language for let’s go 2, 3, 4, 5 and Headway Elementary and Pre-intermediate. They are able to use their Basic English fluently with speaking and descriptive writing skill such as people and places for Pre-intermediate.
One student, Sreynet, expressed her feeling about participating in English program. “Hello! My name Sreynet. I am 13 years old. I live in Veal village. I have one brother and two sisters. My father is a Tuk Tuk driver. My mother is a housewife. I like to study in Salariin Kampuchea because it easy to go to study. It near my house. I am happy when I study here. I can speak English well. I can make a lot of new friends. This school give high education. The rule is good”.
29 students are equipped with Basic and MS. Word and Excel classes, PowerPoint, Internet and email and social media. Students are able to respond for their job better and they are able to catch up and remember their lesson very well.
One student, Sreypov, expressed her feeling about participating in a computer program. “Hello! My name Sreypov and right now I want to say about my first time that I start to study computer in Salariin Kampuchea (SK). It is my first time which I have learned computer in SK. And I always thought I can do it because it was really hard for me. Second time everything was changed when I start to learn it. I did all homework and reviewed lesson that teacher made to me. The teacher explain everything and every time additionally. All in all, my mind, I really want to learn a computer as it helps me better than before and I than you to my teacher that try to search and teach me everything. I wish you good luck and good health”.
In the final tournament “Globalteer Junior Soccer League” organized by Globalteer organization in Siem Reap, SK students enjoyed and had fun during the match. They are also able to gain knowledge and experience about football techniques, walk balls and kick it properly. As the result, U16 placed number 2 for the final league. Players’ are improving such as work in team, playing skills, and involved about SK values. Football material rewards are in place to offer to our 3 outstanding players.
One student, Sreylia, expressed her feeling about participating in Football program. “In the name of I am one of football students, I want to mention my feeling when playing a football. It makes me have new friends, and have good communication with others. It helps me also have good health and becomes strong”.
33 new life skills students for 4th generation were recruited and selected. They also are separated into two groups. One group is ages from fourteen to seventeen at 1-3 class and another is eighteen up at 3-5 class. 26 life skill students of the 3rd generation participated in the final test and 23 of 26 passed the test successfully. The 26 students participated in the final trip and they were really enjoyed and delighted to visit the natural resort at Kulen Mountain. After the course of the 3rd generation of life skill students, they are able to do research and presentation by themselves. They also gain knowledge not only working in team, making slides but also doing a good presentation for classes. Moreover, they have fully capacity about learning a whole year and promote our life skills project for next generation.
In the next three months, we will conduct basic hygiene, hand washing and tooth brushing, decorate English classrooms, conduct certificate tests for English students, and visit hotel for life skill students. For the community library, optional activities are offered to children and adults to improve their reading and the culture of reading through the program “The More You Read, The More You Win”. We will also arrange a friendly match among SK students for our football program.
We would like to thank everyone who supported us through GlobalGiving. With your help we hope to continue and build upon the success of our non-formal education program.
The Salariin Kampuchea Team
Our goals are to empower young people to respond to job market and enhance education. To achieve these, we provide extra curriculums to support disadvantaged students in Siem Reap through English program, basic computer skills, work experience, community library, life skill, scholarship program and partnership with public schools to keep retention and attendance and hotels for work experience and job arrangement.
For the last three months, our English program has finished for the course books and conducted certificate test for Let’s Go 3 and New Headway Elementary. The students graduated their course books successfully. 34 of 39 students passed the Let’s Go 3 and 15 of 15 students passed New Headway Elementary. They will receive certificate for their graduation. We really appreciate for all their success and work hard.
One student, Sopha, expressed her feeling about English certificate test with Salariin Kampuchea (SK):” My name is Sopha. I am 19 years old. I am a student in grade 12 at Angkor High school. I live in Veal village, Chreav commune Siem Reap district and province, Cambodia. In my free time, I like reading book or story books, doing homework, and house work. In the future, I want to work in a company because I want to help my family and get high salary. I have just finished my English course book “New Headway Elementary” at Salariin Kampuchea. It is my success and it is the first time that I need to study a lot and hard as I am curious about my future. As the result, I passed the certificate test successfully and received a certificate. Finally, I want to tell children, brother or sister about the study because the word study means that it is not easy but we must study hard”.
Angkor Wat Bike4Kids
In December, 30 young students participate the great social event for Angkor Wat Bike4Kids. The students like it very much as they have never seen and joined such a big event. They learn how to communicate with different people in the event, they learnt how big event arranged and they are able to improve and test their cycling adventure.
One student, Sreyhan, expressed her feeling about experience in Angkor Wat Bike4Kids:” In December, I went bike racing and ridding at Angkor Wat temple. There were a lot of people enjoyed it. We spent nearly 3 hours to arrive at the finished point. Our teachers gave us the breakfast that’s really wonderful. We started racing at 6:15 am and I arrived at the finished point at 10:00. After we arrived at the point, we were offered some drink, juice, water and cookies. After we had lunch together in front of Angkor Wat temple. I was too tired, however I was very happy to this event as I saw and met lots of foreign people cycling. It was a lovely day for me and everyone. Next time, I wish I would join this event again”
In December, 23 of young people get work experience at Pacific hotel (www.pacifichotel.com.kh) as waiters, waitresses and cook assistance. This is the first step forward for their future career and employment. They gain work knowledge and work experience in the hotel industry. They are very thrilled to work. Furthermore, they improve their English communication with guests, adapt themselves to the work environment. They really enjoy this opportunity that enable them to work for the future job.
Two other students, Rosa and Sreyleak, expressed their feeling about work experience at Pacific Hotel: “We would like to thank you so much for the two last months that Salariin Kampuchea chose us for the work experience at Pacific Hotel. We really pleased to the internship there. The first when we arrived at the hotel, we felt surprised because it was a beautiful hotel. When we arrived, the staff of the Pacific Hotel greeted and guided us how to work as service and cook assistance. It seemed the work was hard as it was the first time for us to work in the hotel but later we feel ok. A few days later, we felt we work very fast and confident. We know some names of equipment in the hotel. We felt very happy to work there because the staff are friendly and supportive. As the result, now we gain knowledge and work experience even though it was a short time work. We hope next time, we are allowed to work their again”.
In the next three months, we will conduct certificate tests for English classes and life skill, arrange final trip for life skill students, recruit new life skill students, decorate classrooms, and celebrate Khmer New Year. In the library, we conduct movie show for all children who attend in SK’s programs. Finally, our football teams will join the final league.
Our aim is to support disadvantaged children and youth 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.
English, Life Skill and Computer Certificate Party
After ending up their books for an English and computer training and life skill program, students are required to take certificate tests. In September this year, to congratulate to our students’ successful graduation we celebrated certificate delivery ceremony for our Life Skill students, English students, and Computer students. With 139 certificates were offered to English students who successfully graduated from Let’s Go 3 and 6, with 26 certificates were offered to Computer students who finished MS. Word program and with 28 certificates were delivered to Life Skill students who passed the Life Skill program. We really appreciate for all their success and work hard.
One student, Chantha, expressed her feeling about receiving English certificate with Salariin Kampuchea (SK):” My name is Chantha. I am 17 years old. Currently, I am studying in Smart Class at Salariin Kampuchea. I am studying let’s go 4. I got a certificate of let’s go 3. I am very happy.
When my friends heard about certificate graduation, they are very happy and gave me a present. My father is very happy too and he buys me a new bike. I also tell my brother about the certificate after that he takes me to Angkor Wat temple for my success. Later, I went to my grandmother’s house. I told her about my success and she is very happy. Finally, I am very happy and grateful for my teachers, family and friends encourage me”.
Spelling and Honey Bee Result:
In September, the Spelling and Honey Bee were conducted for a special annual competition which helps students with their English vocabulary. Ending with final competition, there were six students became champions with winning awards, three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd winner) from Honey Bee, three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd winner) for Spelling Bee.
One student, Van, expressed his feeling about his winning in Spelling Bee Competition with SK:” Hello teachers! My name is Van. I am 18 years old and am a student in Grade 12 at Angkor high school. I have got three brothers and two sisters. I am the fourth child.
I want to tell you about my success in Spelling Bee Competition. Salariin Kampuchea trains and coaches its students to improve their English. It was very proud of the six students who were the best of all. Among six of them, I was the first champion speller and it was the second time for me too. The reason that I got the success was coming from y working hard including the encouragement from my neighbors and teachers. Moreover, I want to know the words such as new word meanings, synonyms, part of speech and especially the pronunciations.
In that time, I wrote and read the words again and again. I also copies the words in my notebook classified by alphabet. I learnt about them all the times at home, school and other places.
Finally, I got successful and I was very satisfied. Next time, if I have an opportunity I will try my best again”.
Youth Team Capacity Building and Training
For the last three months, our youth team, 11 members were provided a teacher training. These trainings help the youth team how to teach English and computer programs to young students in appropriate. Currently they are working with Salariin Kampuchea as volunteers. They are teaching English language for beginner level and assisting a computer teacher in computer lessons.
One student, Barang, expressed his feeling about computer training with SK:“Hello teachers! My name is Barang. I am an English student in Elementary level in Roum Doul Class of Salariin Kampuchea. I also graduated from a computer course with Salariin Kampuchea about Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet and email etc. Furthermore, I have participated in Salariin Kampuchea’s activities which available for young people to gain and share knowledge and experience through teaching English, computer for weak students and library after I have just finished a teacher training for an English and computer provided by Salariin Kampuchea. The training is very useful for me because it learns me about the teaching strategies and techniques.
I want youth team of Salariin Kampuchea get further training because they are students of Salariin Kampuchea so it is easy for them to share knowledge and experience the next generation”.
In the next three months, we will conduct final and certificate tests for English classes, reading club, and painting and classifying books in the library. Finally, computer training will be provided for our staff. We will participate in Siem Reap Junior Soccer League in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat Bike Race and Ride called Angkor Wat Bike4Kids. Our life skill classes will be conducted traffic law workshop, visit hotels and certificate test.
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.
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.
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.
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 equip children young adults in Siem Reap the English language, computer literacy classes and a Life Skills programme to over 200 students. It is Salariin Kampuchea’s goal to help the disadvantaged children and youth in this region to have a good education and help them to enter the job market in Cambodia successfully.
In April, our librarians, English teachers arranged decoration activities assisted by our students. They are happy to decorate in their classrooms and library. Furthermore, in beginning of April, our football team placed number 2 in Junior Soccer League organized Globalteer organization in Siem Reap.
We equip youths with the necessary computer skills and enable them to graduate from our computer program successfully. They are also able to use and share their computer knowledge with next generation through doing volunteer work with Salariin Kampuchea and other NGOs in their local community.
With what we have provided, they are also able to improve their electronic communication through internet by using email and social media. At SK all the computer students have their own personal email address and Facebook page.
Furthermore, our students will be able to successfully obtain employment with local businesses. This also increases employment rate in Siem Reap of Cambodia. The most important aspect of our work and your contribution is that SK and you the students attending our classes an opportunity to rise out of poverty through education.
In the words of one of our student Vichet : “My name is Vichet. I am very happy with my computer class. What I have learnt in my computer lesson at Salariin Kampuchea is basic computer knowledge and skill. I have also learnt about computer components, software and hardware. I can use MS. Word Processor and spreadsheet effectively now. It should now be easy for me to look for any admin employment work that requires a basic computer skill.”
Another student, Put provided his history and said: “Salariin Kampuchea has many programs such as English language, football, library, and life skill. I attended these programs. Besides these programs, I attended my first computer class with my computer teacher in 2009. First I started typing and I really wanted to learn it. I sometimes went to the computer classroom before or the lessons started to practice typing as some computers were free then. I also went to the library room to read English books and practice my typing on the computer there. A year later I was admitted to attend a MS. Office Word class in 2011. At that time I tried to attend the class more regularly even if I was busy with my housework. When I had a final exam of the computer MS. Word course, I fortunately passed the exam and I continued to the MS. Excel course. However, Excel program was extremely hard for me, and I had to study hard in order to follow the course. I always went to school early to practice what what I learnt in the previous lesson. I took several tests, and always did well, as I worked hard and practiced my skills as often as I could. I also used the opportunity to ask the teacher when I got stuck or when I did not understand the lessons. I was rarely absent in the class. It is required of the students at SK to have a near perfect attendance score. One year later, I had a final exam. Luckily I passed it and I got the top score in class. I graduated from the computer program late 2013. A few months later, I was allowed to do volunteer job at Salariin Kampuchea. Now I am doing volunteer work, assisting my computer teacher and supporting the next generation at SK. When the new generation struggles in computer classes, I can support and help them. Finally I would like to say that, I am really grateful to Salariin Kampuchea organization and teachers for giving me this opportunity”.
Another student, Orn told her story: “My name is Pat Orn. I live in Veal village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap. My parents are farmers. I am a former student at Salariin Kampuchea organization and I attended the Salariin Kampuchea programs since 2008. I studied English with Salariin Kampuchea since 2008 and graduated from the English program in late 2013. In 2009 I started attending computer class and I graduated successfully from this course early 2013. Currently I am working as an English and computer teacher for a small organization called Angkor Orphanage Organization. I am happy and passionate with my job because of I can share my English and computer knowledge and skills to children and young adults in my community. I teach computer students from 1:00pm-3:00pm and I teach English from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Without Salariin Kampuchea organization I would not have been able to become the teacher. I am very grateful to my teachers and staffs at Salariin Kampuchea for offering me this chance. In 2011 I also participated in the Life Skill program. The program addresses such things as self-esteem, communication, team work, team building, presentation, basic hygiene, and health, family and domestic violence, bullying and human trafficking. In addition, it also focuses on career training teaching us about different types of jobs and their requirements, interview guideline, how to write a CV and cover letter, interview role play, and visits to restaurants, hotels, and vocation training centers to see the reality of jobs and how they work. So finally I would like to say that I am very proud of Salariin Kampuchea for offering such a great chance and opportunity to me and all my school mates”.
Due to changes of our school, we will still conduct Spelling Bee competition for all English students. We will also conduct a computer final exam of MS. Excel to finish their computer course with SK as well as recruit new students for the computer project.
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Siem Reap District,
Siem Reap Province