'A Fresh Start'
"I danced two, three years, then my Dad he passed away. And I don't know what to do with my life.”
Fresh first joined Tiny Toones in 2005 when founder KK used to teach break-dancing to the local kids in his front room. Now he is teaching and inspiring the next generation and studying for a degree in management with Tiny Toones help. Watch the film that tells his story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qhgBNlYlNc&feature=youtu.be.
“Here at Tiny Toones it is my second family. We work together, dance, we show love to each other and always stick together.”
Tiny Toones engages the most vulnerable and excluded young people in Phnom Penh. A survey of students was undertaken in February 2013. 170 respondents from across the age range and across both the Education and Creative Program classes reported the following:
150 attend Tiny Toones everyday (88%)
148 attend English class, 130 of whom felt they had improved in the subject (88%)
116 attend Khmer class, 97 of whom felt they had improved in the subject (84%)
46 attend computer class, of whom 38 felt they had improved in the subject (83%)
48 of the students were aged over 12 years old and we asked them some deeper questions about Tiny Toones impact on their lives. They reported that since coming to Tiny Toones they considered themselves to be:
More confident: 96% (71% said ‘a lot more confident’)
Able to communicate better: 98% (67% said a lot)
More motivated to learn: 96% (86% said a lot)
So what has been happening?
Thanks to the generous donations of Tiny Toones supporters we have been able to provide over 400 hours of lessons each month in:
The participating children benefit from enhanced skills, confidence and self-esteem, all of which benefit them now and will increase employability and life options in future. Tiny Toones provides a safe environment in which children enjoy their learning, explore their creativity and develop a positive sense of identity and community.
In January Tiny Toones recruited a ‘Non-Formal Education Adviser’ through Australia Volunteers International. Belinda Delaney is an education specialist and is now on a two year palcement. Since then she has observed every class and implemented measures to improve the quality of teaching and of the classroom experience for the kids. With more games, more creativity and more participation in every classroom there’s a real buzz around Tiny Toones right now.
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We still need to raise further funds to be able to run this project throughout 2013. Without it many of these children will not receive any education at all. Please spread the word about our campaign. Tell people they can support us on Global Giving or Global Giving UK, with either a one-off donation or a recurring monthly gift.
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