Jun 16, 2020

SUCCESSFUL STORY OF A DANCING STUDENT

Sotheary practicing dance at SCC community Center
Sotheary practicing dance at SCC community Center

 

UPDATED REPORT ON MUSIC AND DANCE AT SCC SIEM REAP PROVINCE

ON SUCESSFUL STORY OF A DANCING STUDENT

A Traditional Khmer Music and Dance School was established in September 2013 at SCC-Community Centre in Bosh Kralanh village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap district, Siem Reap province. Unfortunately, this school was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic and doing fundraising has not enough for expenditure on monthly salary for both instructors. Therefore, a monthly salary of traditional Khmer dance and music instructors has been postponed from May 2020 onwards. We will reopen when we have enough fund to support teachers. Even thought, we have not enough fund to implement the project for two months ago we have a significant change of a dancing student.

Sotheary, 15, was selected to study a Traditional Khmer Dance since 2014 until 2019 based on her wish. It was because she wants to be specialized in a Traditional Khmer Dance. Currently she is able to dance many styles of a Traditional Khmer Dance. She can dance a Traditional Khmer dance well. The styles which she can dance like rbam kohtralaok, rbam nesaeat, rbam ken, rbam ploy suoy, rbam kngaok bailin, rbam veay krab, rbam chounopor, rbam tep mnorom, rbam neang sovann mochchha, rbam kevomnei mekhea la, rbam absaara and rbam chrautasrauv. She usually performs her dancing at Mekong restaurant and Sokha Hotel at Siem Reap province. Sotheary can earn monthly incentive amount 80 US dollars. She gets this income to support her study and family. At the moment she is studying grade 11, the government high school. Sotheary said that, “I want all young people loving, supporting and preserving the Khmer culture.”

 Sotheary practicing dance at SCC community Center in December 2019

Sotheary right now lives with her parents in Bosh Kralanh village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap district, Siem Reap province. Mother’s name isSokha, a farmer and her father’s name is Vid, a farmer too.

Besides learning and practicing a Traditional Khmer Dance, Sotheary has participated in youth group (they are at risk relating to HIV/AIDS transmission) meeting led by SCC’s staff members in SCC target community in Siem Reap province. She has shared her knowledge concerning transmission, misconceptions about HIV and how to prevent and care HIV transmission.

Finally, she would to generious supporters who ever support music and dance program to continue contributing their small money to open this school again. Without this school children who living around the school will force to do the contraction worker or any labor abuses by their parents or care giver Sotheavy’s speech.

Sotheary present HIV/AIDS knowledge to youths
Sotheary present HIV/AIDS knowledge to youths

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May 28, 2020

SCC-CBE teachers and student families on COVID 19 Crisis

Overview of SCC-CBE teachers and school situation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SCC-CBE children were kept out of school because all schools have been suspended. This is following the guideline of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport instructed on March 15th 2020 with the goal of preventing the spread of the virus. From then till now, no classes were taught by any teachers in our school. However during all this time , our teachers and volunteers have been working on some school’s work such as  reviewing the course outlines for the course books for all levels, revising lesson plans and examining students name lists for taking any intervention for helping them immediately. They also conducted follow-ups through phone calls or direct visits to their homes in order to guide them in preparing a schedule for self-learning at home. The teachers and volunteers have arranged other school management work too. In this reporting period, SCC Executive Director  also asked our teachers to help with arranging and putting SCC’s financial documents in order  for the SCC Head Office. This is a new work for them as well next to their usual tasks of teaching and learning at SCC-CBE School. Moreover, our teachers come to work and conduct peer learning, self-learning, and learning by doing at school five days per week in order to improve their teaching capacity and learning skills. They have reflected and learnt from this experience. By doing this they are getting ready before the school reopening; as a result, they have been strong in their jobs. 

The situations of CBE’s student families 

When the world was hit by COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia was also affected and mostworkers in the informal economy sector, many of whom were poor before, are losing their incomes because there are no customers. The president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), said that the areas with many non-formal economic facing new problems during the COVID-19 outbreak included Sihanouk, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He added that, "Incomes of non-formal economists were reduced by 70 to 80 %".

 

On the 7th of May 2020, SCC-CBE teachers conducted their home visits to our children’s homes. They met many children who stayed at home and played nearby their houses with their friends. However, some children could access their studies through an E-learning program provided by the national government through a specific broadcast on television (TV).  Others were able to access their learning via online teaching classes for the medium-rich and rich households. However, most our children live under poor living conditions, and missed their classes whether online teaching or television. Some families are very poor and more children have to support their families with their own income. What has happened to these families? During the COVID-19 pandemic, most parents continued working to earn an income for their family, but in most cases their incomes were less than before. The parents have no time to stay home and take care of their children or fully support their studies through the E-learning program provided by the national government. We might think that children want to learn alone, we are sure that, they don’t. What has happened to those children whose parents leave home to go outside and earn incomes? In these cases, we try to help our parents/caregivers as much as possible to arrange a schedule for their children to continue their lessons at home. The goal is that when the parent/caregivers came back from work they just have to spend a little time checking homework or their children’s tasks. Significantly, some parent/caregivers have taught their children at home as well. Now we would like to portray two of our student’s family’s current situation as follows:             

1. Dara, 11 years old, studies in grade 4 at Kolab I, primary school. He also studies English with SCC-CBE School in level 2. Dara was living with his aunt and uncle at Phum 22 village, Sangkat Sras Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh city, slum area when the virus broke out. They supported him going to schools every day like the other children in the community. Dara is an orphaned child who has no mother. His father has married another woman. So, he is forced to live with his uncle and aunt. Now Dara was sent to his homeland at the province for preventing COVID-19 pandemic. He will come back to his community when the pandemic has passed. His caregivers reported that since the Coronavirus outbreak, it has become increasingly difficult to earn an income for supporting their daily lives.

2. Phany, 9 years old, studies in grade 2 at Kolab I, primary school. He also studies English with SCC-CBE School in level 1. Phany is also an orphaned child who was abandoned by his parents when he was a baby. At the moment, he lives with his grandmother, who works as a laundry worker for someone from house to house for fee at PhumToul Sangkae SangkatSras Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh City. His grandma has been working very hard to earn an income for supporting her grandchild’s studies and herself. Indeed, she tries very hard for support her grandchild even though she has a chronic disease (high blood pressures). She still gives her hope to her grandchild. She expressed that since the coronavirus outbreak, this bad situation has caused a deterioration of her living standard. She faces a very hard situation in earning income to support her living.

          

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Feb 24, 2020

"I want to specialize in Khmer Traditional Music"

When his mother and SCC’s staff heard the above sentence, they took pity on him because they hoped for his dream to come true and be more than just an idea. 

 

A young youth named Kamsot, who is 25-year-old lives in one of SCC’s target areas located in Siem Reap province. His family has 5 members of which 4 are females and he is the fifth child. Kamsot is at present is living in Boeng Village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap municipality, Siem Reap province. He has been enrolled in the Khmer Traditional Music program supported by SCC since 2008. SCC’s staff members decided to select him to study at SCC’s Khmer Traditional Music class because his family lives in poverty and had a lot of debts due to the lack of farm land for agriculture and no permanent job. He also was affected by HIV/AIDS because his parent infected by HIV/AIDS. Due to his family’s difficult living conditions, and because Kamsot was incredibly eager study the Khmer Traditional Music, SCC decided to give him the chance to realize his dream and support him in his studies. Significantly, he studied music with SCC’s musician free of charge from 2008 until the end of 2012. The “Free of Charge” by SCC has not only supported Kamsot but all SCC beneficiaries who are willing to study this type of music since 2008. In his family, he is the eldest son; therefore, he also has to spend a lot of his time to look after his sisters while his parents are at work went to earn income for their family.  His musical training gives him the chance to earn some money from his skills, performing Khmer Traditional Music with his friends and his musician. The opportunity of studying with SCC, gave him a lot of experience and skills, as he realized when he did a reflection on both theory and practice. This opportunity made him strong. He has never forgotten his words that, “I want to specialize in Khmer Traditional Music.”

Kamsot spent 6 years studying the music with SCC (2008-2012). In 2013,  seeing his ability and experiences in learning and teaching Khmer Traditional Music, SCC  decided to select him  as a teaching assistant. He has gradually learnt the music and to help to teach other classmates who didn’t know how to play the musical instruments yet. He worked as a teaching assistant for five months. Now he has become a (fulltime) teacher of the Khmer Traditional Music and is very committed to his career. He told us that, “I have had bad experiences in my life; now is the time I can use my skills to help poor children coming to study the Khmer Traditional Music at SCC and give back to the community.” He added that, “I have never forgotten my bad living conditions. I have a better standard of living today because of the support from SCC’s staff members, especially Mr. Thoeun, the SCC Founder and President. He always encourages and supports me both mentally and physically. I have never forgotten his good deeds and it was his heroism that motivated me to help myself and other poor children living in the target areas of this organization. 

Kamsot is able to teach many the Khmer Traditional instruments such as Chhing (Cymbals), Khimm (Dulcimer), Khloy (Bamboo flute), korng thomm (Low-pitched circular frame gongs), roneat aek (Bamboo/wooden xylophone), roneat thung (Large xylophone), Sampho (Small double-headed barrel drum), sralai thomm (Quadruple-reed shawm) and  many Khmer Traditional Songs (pleng pin peat). For instance, Saathukaa, Chheut, Kraonai, Kraonoak, Chongnoak, Tepromdaul, Tepnimett, Seenaunbeychhaann, Kamsansaukea and many more. Beside teaching Khmer Traditional Music at SCC, he also performs the Khmer Traditional Music at restaurants, hotels or different ceremonies when needed. He works permanently at the Department of Culture and Fine Arts in Siem Reap province. His total income per month is 500 USD which he uses for supporting his family.  Closing: SCC’s support really changed his life and gave him a brighter future. The training gave him many skills, not only about music but also about life in general which he used to change his life.

I would very much like to thank for generous people to contribut thier cash to suppor music and dance project in SCC Siem Reap.

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