Salariin Kampuchea is to supply young adults in Siem Reap with English language, computer literacy classes and a Life Skills programme to help them enter the job market in Cambodia successfully. 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.
Graduation and Certificate Party
In January 2014, we celebrated a certificate and farewell party for our students at our two schools who graduated their English and computer course.
49 Salariin Kampuchea students completed the English Let’s Go 3 class during the course of the year. 18 students completed the English Let’s Go 5 class. 19 completed the English starter class and 13 graduated successfully from the Pre-Intermediate class as well as 14 graduated successfully from the English Intermediate class and 13 students, some of them pictured above, took up employment as English language teachers, hotel staff, restaurant staff and administrative assistants.
74% of beginner students in the English class scored higher than 50% in class assignments and examinations; 13 Pre-intermediate students were able to speak fluent English and wrote both descriptive and comparative essays and 14 Intermediate students were able to speak fluently and write advantages and disadvantages of different topics by using ven-diagram. Teaching tools used for lessons included cooperative learning and bloom taxonomy.
For the period of time, there are 29 computer students graduated successfully from advanced Ms. Word and Excel. Our computer student, Main Panha stated his feeling about computer lesson with SK “My name is Vichet. I am very happy with my computer class. When I have learnt a computer lesson with Salariin Kampuchea, I get a basic computer knowledge and skill such what computer component, software and hardware are. I can use MS. Word Processor and spreadsheet effectively so it is easy for me to look for any admin employment that requires a basic computer skill.”
There are thirty one students join the football teams remaining four teams, group under 13, 14 and 16 years old. They are proud of themselves that they have rights to play and participating in the Junior Soccer League organized by Globalteer Organization. One student, Sok Chamroeun shares the feeling about football. “I am Panha, 15 years old.I think sport is important as it makes more fun, good health, more friends. I am so happy to join football team”
Children protection lesson
In December 2013, our English teacher conducted child protection lessons to our English students during the class. They learnt about 5 main child rights, kind of abuses and how to report to stakeholders when abuses occurring by different means.
We currently have agreements with 5 businesses where SK students can undertake internship and apprenticeship activities. There are 26 students got apprenticeships to work at hotels.
Change and Movement
In mid-January 2014, after certificate celebration and farewell party at our school in the town, we moved our school and office to a bit further to a countryside where another school is located. With a new school and office, there are more 200 disadvantaged children registered. We engage their parents in the value of education so all parents have to come to sign agreement with us as well as attend in the parent meeting to discuss about their children learning and encourage them to support the children learning.
We have many exciting plans for the next few months. We will conduct Spelling Bee competition for all English students. We plan to decorate our classrooms with painting and drawing and our students will assist and support in the event. Our computer students will conduct a group teaching. We continue to participate in the Siem Reap Junior Soccer League.
We would like to thank all donors who supported us though GlobalGiving. With the help of our partners at GlobalGiving and you, we hope to keep building on this and moving forward with our non-formal education programme.
The Salariin Kampuchea Team
Our goal at Salariin Kampuchea is to supply young adults in Siem Reap with English language, library hours and computer literacy classes as well as a Life Skills programme to help them enter the job market in Cambodia successfully. Over the last three months there have been many positive activities and achievements within our organization, which continues to work hard to make a positive impact in the community. Cooperation with the Hotel Industry In order to provide apprenticeship and work experience opportunities to our students, Salariin Kampuchea Organization partners and cooperates with a few hotels and restaurants in Siem Reap. Through October and November 2013, the Le Méridien Angkor hotel (lemeridienangkor.com), provided 23 students apprenticeships and work experience as service staff at the hotel. This was a valuable chance for our students to realize and understand work in a hotel industry. Our student, Hun Pitou told us about her work experience at Le Meridien, “I am happy and I like the work at the hotel because I can understand what it is like to work in a hotel and I can get experience communicating with the guests as well as coaching in how to do the service, set up food, and clear materials in the restaurant after meals. Thanks Salariin Kampuchea and Le Meridien hotel very much for cooperating for giving me the opportunity”. We have many exciting plans for the next few months. We will conduct a certificate test for our English and Computer students for their final courses. We will also participate in Angkor Bike Ride 2013 and Siem Reap Junior Soccer League. Additionally, we continue to seek out work experience opportunities for our students, as well as provide ‘Child Right’ lessons to our student to raise awareness of their rights and how best to protect themselves. We would like to thank all donors who supported us though GlobalGiving. With the help of our partners at GlobalGiving and you, we hope to keep building on this and moving forward with our non-formal education programme. Warm regards, The Salariin Kampuchea Team
Our goal at Salariin Kampuchea is to supply young adults in Siem Reap with English language, reading and computer literacy classes as well as a Life Skills programme to help them enter the job market in Cambodia successfully. Over the last three months there have been many positive activities and achievements within our organization, which continues to work hard to make a positive impact in the community.
Raising Attainment and Confidence in English Classes
In June we organized a Spelling Bee competition. This encouraged and motivated the students not only to improve their English language skills (especially spelling and vocabulary), but also to build their self-esteem and confidence. It was a hugely successful and enjoyable event for all. Student, Deap Sophary, shared her feelings about the competition, “I am very happy to join this completion as it can make me competitive and working hard. Furthermore, I can improve my English vocabulary, remembering and listening skill”
Skills for Work Visits
Students on the Life Skills programme got some real, hands-on experience in local hotels in recent months. In June and July respectively, they went on visits to the Shintamani Hotel and the Pacific Hotel. Here staff held Q&A sessions regarding job requirements and work in the hotel and tourism industry, as well as workshops on preparing for interviews and how to write CVs and cover letters. The experience proved invaluable, as tourism continues to grow as one of the biggest employers in Siem Reap.
Increasing IT Skills
Our students continue to train in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet and email – all essential skills for the modern workplace. They have also been carrying out research assignments and conducting class presentations. Socheata tells her story about Computer classes with Salariin Kampuchea, “It encourages and motivates me to maintain solidarity and team work in my class. The computer training also taught me more knowledge through research”
Fun and Study in our Libraries
Our librarians continue to work hard to create a welcoming and fun environment for our students to spend time. Reading clubs, quizzes, games and supported study sessions have proved beneficial to many young people in the area.
Onwards and Upwards
We have many exciting plans for the next few months. We will conduct Child Protection Training for our students, to raise awareness of their rights and how best to protect themselves – a vital learning experience for the young people of Cambodia. Additionally, in our Life Skills programme, we will see further workplace visits, as well as presentations from graduates to encourage others to join the programme for the coming year.
Our aim at Salariin Kampuchea is to provide high quality, free-of-charge, non-formal education to children and youth from disadvantaged families in Siem Reap. The quality of education we supply inspires youth and their families to follow their own dreams and enhance their standard of living. We supply young adults in Siem Reap with English language and computer literacy skills, reading improvement as well as a life skill program to help them enter the job market in Cambodia successfully.
There are 15 new students enrolled in our English program. In total there are 198 students attending in our schools. In February, we conducted and celebrated a certificate party where 92 students from the English program received their Certificates from the Let’s Go 3, Let’s Go 6 and Pre-intermediate classes.
Life skill project
As in February we celebrated a certificate party, 18 former life skill students received their certificates. We organized a field trip for our life skill students in March. Our life skill students visited our partner hotel, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel to see different jobs in a real work situation. The hotel staff were introduced to the students and then they were shown different departments. The students asked lots of questions. Furthermore, as we cooperate with Youth Employment Service Centre (YES) in May our life skill students visited their center for job vacancy and job interview practice.
In the certificate party, there were 53 former computer students received their certificate. Recently there are 8 computer classes with 66 students attending in our program. One of our computer students became a computer teacher and youth leader with an organization in Siem Reap.
In the daily library hours, our librarians conducted different activities with external students and internal students. Our librarians did traffic lessons, matched label story comprehension, arranged group reading as well as supported individual weaker students from English classes and computer classes. They also conducted lending books to the students.
Our football students participated in the Globalteer Siem Reap Junior Soccer League. As a result, our football teams, the U18’s were placed in number two and the U14’s placed number one in their division of the league. They are very proud of their teams for the success. One of our football students became a football coach with Globalteer organization. Furthermore, by supporting from Globalteer our football students were trained twice a month. To celebrate the king’s birthday, Sihamoni Globalteer Organization organized a tournament between Siem Reap football teams and Poipet teams. Luckily, there were six of our students selected to attend in the tournament.
In the next three months, we would like to conduct a Spelling Bee competition program for English students. We also plan to visit two hotels and two vocational training centers in Siem Reap for the life skill students. They will be able to see different jobs in a real work situation. We also plan to make an interview practice and arrange final test for current life skill students.
At the end of January, 2013, 183 students were attending our school. 102 students from different levels sat for their Certificate Test. As a result, 92 students passed the test and they will receive their Certificate. Congratulations to those for their hard work.
29 students in the life skill class participated in a follow up workshop in Sexual Education in October funded through GlobalGiving. As a result, our students graduated from the workshop and received certificates from the Karol & Setha program. In addition to attending life skills and career lessons, the students practiced cooking skills as well as attending a Domestic Violence Workshop provided by the Women’s Resource Center.
There were 8 computer classes for both schools comprising 93 students. 3 classes graduated and 31 students each received a Certificate. We have replaced those students so that we still have 8 classes.
Our librarians conducted different activities with not only our school students but with other children and teenagers from the surrounding communities. Reading club, reading comprehension and quiz games were popular for external and internal students. On average, 23 students came to each library time.
With support from our volunteers, five football teams were started at our school, two Under 15 teams, and three Under 18 teams. There are 59 football players making up these teams. The teams consist of three boy’s teams and two girl’s teams. They are coached every Sunday from October to December in preparation of the tournament. In January 2013, the Siem Reap Senior Soccer League started and it was very well organized by Globalteer. It will run to the end of March. The football students have had a great time playing football, even though they have lost some games, but they have also won some games.
In the next three months, we would like to continue to participate in the Siem Reap Senior Soccer League for the football project, visit a hotel for the life skill students to see different jobs in a real work situation as well as give a Certificate Party for the English, Computer and Life Skills Classes.
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Siem Reap District,
Siem Reap Province