Empowering Cambodian children with language

by ODC Organization
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language
Empowering Cambodian children with language

Dear Supporters, Teachers, Students, Parents and Family Members,

We hope you are in good health and spirits and would like to express our gratitude for your continued support in these challenging times that has enabled us to adapt and innovate to better serve our community. Before the year ends, we would like to keep you updated about some achievements we have achieved recently. 

Although Covid-19 is still a very challenging situation in Cambodia, ODC continues to operate a highly successful online program to keep our students engaged and learning successfully.  It is a great relief that life here is almost back to normal since our government has been working really hard to get its people vaccinated. In Siem Reap, after a two-week complete lockdown, people are also back to their normal life. We are delighted to announce that all ODC’s staff have already been fully vaccinated, and so have most of our children aged between 12 and 17. Our government has already announced the vaccination campaign for children in primary schools. This has given us hope of the possibility of schools reopening. Hopefully, we can go back to a normal classroom setting soon.

In our last report, we informed you that we had started the construction of the new building. Today, we are very excited to announce that with your kind support and generosity, the project went smoothly and the building is now 100% completed. We even renovated the old building by just increasing its height and remodelling its roof so that is looks the same as the new building. We are glad to say that the school now looks professional and attractive. We thank you for helping us to make this happen.

We are presently putting necessary facilities and furniture into each classroom which is now more spacious in comparison with each old room we used to have. This will literally mean that we can have more students in each class, while previously we had only a 16/1 student-teacher ratio. We wish to increase that to between 20 and 25 students.

Throughout the challenging times of Covid-19, the commitment, support, care from our staff and especially the cooperation for our students’ parents in the community, we have earned ODC a distinguished reputation and this in turn, has attracted many new kids and their parents and every day, more and more kids come to ODC for enrolment. As a result, we now have a total enrolment of 153. Make no mistake, when we are allowed to reopen, there will be many more students coming.

153 students? “A lot,” you might say. Yes, that is a lot now and what should we do now? Here is our next development in plan. For ODC to get the students to learn and understand how to keep good hygiene and how important sanitation is and most importantly to make sure students feel comfortable enough when they need to use a toilet or wash their face, we are planning to build a new toilet. In addition, we would like to make every student, parent, visitor feel welcomed and understand that ODC is an educational institution, we wish to build a room that can be used as a reception area. We will keep you updated on how these two projects are going. We sincerely hope that you will join us and help us make this happen.

We thank you for your support and generosity. It has been very clear that your commitment to ODC’s cause has been tremendously significant in keeping us moving forward in our endeavour to achieve the betterment of Cambodian society and to open as many doors to opportunity as possible for our students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chhaiya IM

Founder and Headmaster, ODC Organization

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Dear Supporters, Teachers, Students, Parents and Family Members,

We hope you are in good health and spirits and would like to express our gratitude for your continued support in these challenging times that has enabled us to adapt and innovate to better serve our community.

Covid-19 still challenges Cambodia every day and many NGOs have struggled to remain open. Thankfully, due to the commitment and dedication of our staff, ODC remains open with online and our successful worksheet-delivery program. Since April, the number of children collecting worksheets from ODC has increased, however due to the pandemic a few families have moved back to their provinces for safety reasons. Our online learning, using Messenger has allowed our teachers to deliver videos of their teaching to all our students. Majority of our students can record their reading and other exercises online to share back to their teachers. This has proved tremendously successful and has also enabled students and their parents to learn useful IT skills too! 

ODC is very pleased to announce that we have started to expand the school facility by building two extra classrooms to accommodate students on our waiting list and potential new enrolments in 2022. The funding for this has been secured as a very low interest loan underwritten in the United States. The new facility will allow ODC to take in up to 200 students. This also means that we will be able to train and employ more local teachers. 

To further increase our outreach, ODC is exploring a Schools-Partnership program with other educational not-for-profit schools in rural areas of Cambodia.   We are also looking at opening ODC Franchise Schools in areas where children do not have access to English education.  ODC aims to share our resources and expertise and enable many more children to access English lessons and other opportunities. ODC hopes to bring about changes through its world-class standard of English educational curriculum with life-skills based values embedded and through an unshakable belief in building up Cambodia.

ODC has been educating Cambodian children since 2015 and we are proud to celebrate our second anniversary as a registered NGO on 10 July. For ODC to expand our outreach through our higher enrolments and partnership programs, we need greater financial support to meet our need for more teachers and classroom materials. You can increase the impact of your donation on July 14, when GlobalGiving is running a Bonus Day campaign when your donation will be matched.

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We thank you for your support and generosity. It has been very clear that your commitment to ODC’s cause has been tremendously significant in keeping us moving forward in our endeavour to achieve the betterment of Cambodian society and to open as many doors to opportunity as possible for our students.

Sincerely,

 

 

Chhaiya IM

Founder and Headmaster, ODC Organization

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Dear Supporters, Teachers, Students, Parents and Family Members, 

The three months since we started our new academic year have passed in a blink of an eye. We hope you are well and safe during this uncertain time and would like to express our thanks for your continued support to help us make the impossible possible. 

Last year, we told you of our plans to run the first pilot of the Full-Time program, teaching our students English, Math, Science and Social Studies in English starting from May 2021, but in response to the over-enrolment the ODC board decided unanimously to revise that decision and move the start of the program forward for those who met the full-time program’s criteria. As a result, we managed to accommodate 121 pupils in our classes in accordance with our limited resources, for the first term of the year, 29 of whom are attending the pilot program which started on 1st February. 

Midway through the first quarter of 2021, while many countries have recently been successful in slowing Covid-19, our region of the world has seen a recent surge in cases. Even though we have received vaccines from the international community and an increasing number of people have been vaccinated, our daily new case numbers continue to be high. 

Since the start of the latest outbreak, the government has announced the closure of all schools to prevent further spread. Like all schools, ODC has remained closed in compliance with the local regulations. During the closure, ODC’s team has been active in ensuring our students are able to keep learning in the hope that we can maintain their level of understanding, if only by treading water, through delivering worksheet packages, creating internet-based learning approaches and keeping in touch with them through telephone calls and Facebook messenger.

20th January 2021, we sent three teachers on a training course on How to Teach English.  The course focused mainly on teaching the four Macro skills. They have completed the training course successfully. Before the school lockdown, it had been clear that each teacher had tried to use the techniques they learnt from the course and each classroom was much more active and the students got engaged actively.

Last year, we created two scholarship programs to help our students’ families endure the economic hardship caused by the pandemic. So far this year, through these programs we have provided opportunities to three young, capable and enthusiastic girls to train as teachers. ODC has also found an additional qualified teacher to cover one shift of the full-time program.

Conscious of the students placed on the waiting list, the ODC board has discussed expanding facilities by creating additional classroom(s) in order to accommodate them when the Covid-19 situation allows us to go back to our normal in-person classes. We want to seize this great opportunity to build the classroom(s) whilst students are not allowed on campus.  This will also ensure that with our student numbers still increasing year on year, our facilities are ready to implement our future plan for growth from 2022.  More details on this will be forthcoming.

In closing, we would like to reiterate our whole-hearted gratitude for your on-going supportand generosity. It has been very clear that your commitment to ODC’s cause has been tremendously significant in keeping us moving forward in our endeavor to achieve the betterment of Cambodian society and in particular to open as many doors to opportunity as possible for our students.

 

Sincerely,


Chhaiya IM

Founder and Headmaster, ODC Organization

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Dear Supporters, Teachers, Students, Parents and Family Members,

As Cambodia and the world continue to grapple with the pandemic, we hope you’re in good spirits and health!  While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality. Your continued support in these challenging times has enabled us to innovate to better serve our community.

2020 started well but due to Covid-19restrictions, the school was ordered to close on 7th March. ODC had to adapt very quickly and switched to distributing learning packages weekly andutilizing cell phones to enable students and teachers to interact.  Online based learning via Facebook Messenger was also introduced. On the 9th November, ODC received permission from the government to re-open. However, on 28th November, there was again community outbreak of Covid-19, and all schools were closed.  Thankfully the conditions have improved in Cambodia and we have resumed our in-person teaching in early January 2021.

 

ODC is one of a handful of educational NGOs that has innovated and continued to support our students and community during this pandemic. Teachers may not have been able to have their students physically in the classroom, but they remained connected and continued to teach creatively and passionately. The commitment, resilience and hard work of our teachers were outstanding and ensured that our students were able to continue learning. The “silver lining” to our new remote learning strategies meant that parents became much more involved in their children’s education and gained a better understanding of our ODC mission.

In December, ODC began its open-enrollment procedures for 2021. To our utmost surprise, 73 new students registered! The reputation of ODC as a school that delivers quality English teaching by caring and committed teachers has spread to villages further afield. The children aged between 5 and 16 were given a placement test and all parents were interviewed. ODC was able to offer places to most of the children but due to a lack of classrooms some had to be put on a waiting list. In February 2021, ODC will start its full-time curriculum pilot program for primary aged students. A group of 30 students will study English, Math, Science and Social Science, with all subjects taught in English. This program will greatly accelerate and improve the students’ proficiency in English and broaden their understanding in important learning areas. In 2021, ODC will have 121 students enrolled in both our full time and part time programs and 25 children on our waiting list. It is hoped that ODC will be able to conduct the full-time curriculum and follow through the 7-year plan for our primary school students. The part-time English classes will ultimately be for secondary school students and young adults. All of our students will be prepared for the advanced language certification testing that will open new educational and employment doors for them.

 

We are very confident that our students will also be empowered to play a positive role in our Cambodian society and the world.  In times like this, we’re reminded of how connected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible. Your impact will be long lasting and the people of Cambodia thank you most wholeheartedly.

 

Sincerely

Chhaiya IM

Founder and Headmaster, ODC Organization

P.S.  For those interested in even more detail, please follow this link to our 2020 Annual Report.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yb51kDjhli5yDtC8Plq9PduAetMVQ8Jk/view?usp=sharing

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Dear Supporters, Teachers, Students, Parents and Family Members,

With the Covid-19 pandemic impacting everyday life, we hope you’re in good spirits and health!  We would like to begin by expressing our deepest gratitude for your continued support in these unpredictable and challenging times.

We had hope to reopen and welcome back our students to the classroom but unfortunately the Cambodian Ministry of Education has not given permission for NGOs to do so due to the ongoing pandemic. In the meantime, we have adapted to this new reality of non-contact learning and found innovative and creative ways to engage our students and reach out to our community safely. Our teachers continue to work tirelessly to connect with our students daily, via telephone or/and the internet. Educational materials are distributed weekly and students’ progress are closely monitored.  These new approaches have provided opportunities for the teachers and students to utilize technology as a fun and effective way to learn. We are extremely proud of our ODC staff, students and parents who continue to show tremendous resilience during these uncertain times. 

ODC has taken advantage of this time to provide additional professional development to our teachers by upskilling their IT competency and introducing creative and more inclusive teaching strategies. Teachers are undertaking an advanced English course to further improve their own English proficiency. They are looking forward to putting into practice their new skills and further engaging their students whenever they are allowed to return to the classroom. 

Our Teaching Scholarship program has begun with three young trainees who have a real passion for teaching English to young children. They are learning valuable professional skills that will assist them in their future career. They will act as Teacher Assistants at ODC when the school reopens. They are very keen to share their own experiences with students. The ODC Merit Scholarship introduced in July identified three students with outstanding academic potential whose families were particularly devasted by Covid-19. ODC has been able to provide some financial assistance to these families.

The pandemic has given us much time to reflect upon and evaluate our work. We are constantly seeking better ways to deliver our educational outcomes. After due consideration, we have decided to pilot an extended curriculum to include Maths, Science and Social Sciences and increase teacher-student contact time to two and a half hours daily.  The pilot program will commence in May 2021 and the first cohort of students will be children aged 5-6. This will expose them to the learning of English at an early age and broaden  their understanding in other important learning areas. All subjects will be instructed in English, with greater emphasis on the 4 macro-skills; listening, speaking, writing and reading. In December we will be providing you with more detail on the scope and intended impact of this new program. We are very confident that it will enable our students to achieve much more advanced educational outcomes and empower our students through education.  Our dream is that our students will be able to access greater opportunities to build a bright future for themselves and the country. 

In times like this, we’re reminded of how connected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible. Your impact will be long lasting and the people of Cambodia thank you most wholeheartedly.

Sincerely

Chhaiya IM

Founder and Headmaster, ODC Organization

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ODC Organization

Location: Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province - Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province Cambodia

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