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 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.
The Salariin Kampuchea Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Siem Reap District,
Siem Reap Province