New term at Tiny Toones
On 6 May Tiny Toones launched our 'new term' offering the kids more classes than ever before. With the emphasis on participation, creativity and - crucially - fun, we're now running 9-10 classes simultaneously throughout the day to smaller groups of children arranged by age. This means at least 250 hours of classes every week. Most importantly it means more support for every child and that ever child gets to participate in every class, from dance and music to English and computing. The enthusiasm and excitement has been an instant reward and shows us how well it's working. After the first few weeks of the new term Dany (13) said "I was scared when I first came to Tiny Toones but now I have friends and I'm so happy to study all of the classes, especially English, rap, dance and Khmer. I want Tiny Toones to help all the kids in Cambodia." Phanna (12) says "I'm so thankful to all of the teachers, they teach me about dancing, Khmer and English and they also give me new ideas. Tiny Toones is so important because they help kids with no money or school. I hope more and more kids come to Tiny Toones." Tiny Toones leading the field in sport and education
For the second year running, Tiny Toones is one of only three projects from across the globe to be shortlisted for the UNICEF Sport for Education Award at the Beyond Sport Awards. Beyond Sport is a global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. Almost 400 projects applied to the Beyond Sport Awards and we are honoured to have been selected as one of the strongest projects once more. Last year's summit in London drew the likes of Muhammed Ali, David Beckham and Tony Blair (as well as our own KK). The award ceremony this year will take place in Philadelphia in September - keep your fingers crossed for us. You can find more information on Beyond Sport and see the full awards shortlist on their website.
Tiny Toones music video and album
Tiny Toones and 391 Films have together produced a music video for the all-new Tiny Toones song “Anakut,” featuring the new generation of Tiny Toones performers. The song is the title track from the new album and was written and recorded by six Tiny Toones rappers aged between 12 and 15 and MC Voch, Tiny Toones’ music teacher. The song is all about the hopes and dreams of the young rappers: how they want to become doctors, engineers and artists. The video depicts them in their dream occupations and the kids had a great time making it in locations across Phnom Penh. Our favourite part of the lyrics comes when they rap about how they want to help rebuild their homeland, Cambodia. The kids involved were interviewed by Phnom Penh's entertainment weekly 'the Advisor' for an article which you can read here. Contact us if you're interested in getting a copy of the album. Our thanks go to the Prince Claus Fund and Sabay for making both the album and the music video possible.
End of month 'show and tell'
The last Friday of every month is now dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the kids and showing off what they've learnt over the preceding weeks. Children gather in the courtyard to applaud those getting certificates and to show off their dancing, singing, and basketball shooting and some of the students read out speeches they'd prepared in English. For a short taste (sandwiched between two short dance clips) check out this young man's speech on youtube.
Guests are welcome so if you want to visit the centre and attend the next 'show and tell' please contact us.
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Incredibly we hit our original campaign target of $3,000 BUT we still need to raise funds to continue running our education project, especially now we are running so many more classes. We couldn’t have imagined this at the start and we’re so grateful to everyone who has donated. We now hope we can raise even more and, in turn, help even more.
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