Sep 7, 2016

Updates from Epic Arts Inclusive Education Program

Updates from the Inclusive Arts Course

"I'm much more confident now and these days I understand that I have the right to participate in society. Before I joined IAC I was embarrassed about my ability and the way I walk. I would never have dreamed of going to a community event at the pagoda or even a family wedding"-  During a workshop a student tells us about the benefits of joining IAC

Over the past few months the IAC students, now in their second year, have been working hard on personal Arts projects and specialising in areas they enjoy. For some this is painting, others illustration and a few are particularly interested in sculpture.

They have grown and developed into talented artists and have recently worked with artist, to create a comic book. Find the book online here

The students have also been working together with Cambodian dancers from our social enterprise, Epic Encounters. They’re working on creating new dance and drama based on Cambodian issues. Working with other dancers with disabilities is a great way for our students to learn, gain positive attitudes about their own disability and grow in self-confidence. "I like working with them because I think that if they can be really good at dance so can I!" said a student recently.

Updates from the Special Education Project. 

One student will join a local public school in the new term. A massive achievement for her as when she joined us 9 months ago, at 7 years old, she was illiterate. Now up to speed in Literacy she is more than ready to move into the public school system thanks to our ‘Special I class’ a class which aims to reintegrate students with disabilities into mainstream schools through creative learning which focuses on improving literacy as well as arts based subjects to improve the confidence of students with disabilities.

Our teachers wish her luck in her new school, “She is a good student. She’ll do well in public school because she has become very confident in herself since studying with us. I think she has the confidence now to deal with any negative attitudes from other children about her disability before”

We also have a new student in our ‘Peace’ class who has Downs Syndrome, “She loves to learn and can remember many things that I teach her” said a teacher “When she first arrived she was very shy, but now her favourite subject is drama. I can’t believe how confident she has grown to be in the last 6 months.”


Our Inclusive Education Programme (IEP) provides education to children and young people living with and without disabilities. We have two courses, the Special Education Project (SEP) for children and young adults with learning disabilities and the Inclusive Arts Course (IAC) for young people with and without disabilities.

Our courses inspire students to learn & be active members of society through arts based education. Here's the latest from our programme. Help continue to make positive changes in these young people’s lives and help fund our project.

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Aug 18, 2016

"They see me, not my disability"

For two hours a week, these students in Kampot, Cambodia get to express themselves through the arts. I went along recently to the project and saw how much fun students were having with paint, glue and a lot of empty water bottles.

“I feel very happy to join the Arts In School activities. I think this workshop support to me learn at government school such as to create something new, and give me different skill. I want the arts workshops to continue.”- Student on Arts in Schools Project

During the workshop I noticed a group of children crowding around one of the Arts Leaders, Teuly. The excitement of the children is not because they are curious about his amputated legs, but because they want him to help them with their work. 

Teuly told me “ It makes me feel so confident that they want me to help them. I believe that they see me not my disability”

One of the reasons we run community projects is so that children have positive interactions with people who have disabilities. We believe our Arts Leaders can change negative attitudes and perceptions through being positive role models. You can see this is happening in the way the students interact with the facilitators, who all have a disability.

At the end of the session the children ran out of the school with huge grins and clutching their plastic creations ready to take home to show their families. Whilst chatting with the children they echo this sentiment, one student told me “I feel so happy but now I want to do Arts twice a week” I asked him why and he simply said “It’s fun and it helps to support me to learn at school.”

We see this love for learning everyday on our Inclusive Education Programme for children with & without disabilities because when there is time for creativity and fun, children want to come to school.

We're only $683 away from our target, help us reach our goal by donating today using the link below. Or why not support the art classes by setting up a monthly donation - from September 21 to September 27, 2016 your donations will be matched by Global Giving.


May 23, 2016

Two new schools on board Arts in Schools

Children at Chumkriel School enjoy an art class
Children at Chumkriel School enjoy an art class

After a short break for Cambodian New Year the Arts in Schools project is once again underway. Last week saw the first art class of the new term at Chumkriel Language School.

For the next seven weeks Arts Team will be leading visual arts and crafts classes at three schools. Taking on feedback from last year, this term our arts class will focus on the theme of recycling by creating crafts and art from waste materials

“ I like arts very much. Today I made a pretty flower to recycle a plastic water bottle” - Student from Chumkriel Language School

The start of the new term also saw Arts Team pile into a mini bus on a visit to one of the new schools signed up for the Arts in Schools project. The school, Boeung Preah, is around 15km from Kampot town enabling us to reach a wider more diverse group of children.

Greeted by 150 intrigued students the team arrived at the school and took the lead giving their first presentation about the Arts in Schools project. With their fun presentation style in both the Khmer Language and Cambodian Sign Language the team had no trouble engaging the students. To the captive audience they informed the children about the importance of arts and explained the Arts in Schools project.

You can still donate to help deliver this project on GlobalGiving to help us reach our target of $7,000

The latest school involved in our project
The latest school involved in our project
Arts Team deliver their presentation
Arts Team deliver their presentation
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