Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia

by Epic Arts
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Art & Dance lessons for 300 Children in Cambodia
Channy Teaching Student
Channy Teaching Student

Thanks to you children with disabilities in Kampot are learning about their rights!

For the past few years here at Epic Arts we’ve had an increased focus on child protection.

In 2019 we started including personal safety lessons into our curriculum. This year we've added lessons about child rights into our curriculum of literacy, independence skills and art.

Our Teachers have created lessons that are accessible for children with learning disabilities. The lessons cover four main children’s rights: Survival, Protection, Development and Participation.

Teacher Channy speaks passionately about teaching students about their rights,

“It’s very useful for them to learn about their rights. It can help them a lot, especially the right to develop. The students should know and understand things like what materials they should have for their learning, like having books and toys. It’s also important that students understand their right to protection against violence and sexual abuse.”

Learning for all the Family

“It’s the first time that our students are learning about their rights. But some parents are also learning, they didn’t know about rights before we started these lessons.” says Special Education Team Leader, Kagna.

Originally the lessons were created for the students. But, because of the school closures in Cambodia we've been teaching students at home since March.

A surprising benefit of this situation is that parents are very engaged in learning about child rights and want to know more!

Teacher Channy explains, “Some parents ask questions, they ask about parenting and rights. They ask me about behaviour management and disciple. I always encourage the parents the find a positive solution to solve challenges.” Team Leader, Kagna adds,“we also provide positive parenting training which is very useful for the parents. We explain and coach them on how to reduce negative parenting habits”

Strengthened Families Thanks to Your Help!

Without your support this work would not be possible.

Thanks to your donation we can strengthen families of children with disabilities.

Knowledge about rights and positive parenting techniques will help children with disabilities to grow up with an understanding of their rights and most importantly in a loving caring home.

 

Thank You

The Epic Arts Team

Teacher Channy at Student's Home
Teacher Channy at Student's Home
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Happy Students with their Artwork!
Happy Students with their Artwork!

We’re delighted that 3 new students have joined our classes already this year!

Two boys aged 6 and 10 and one young woman aged 21 are now taking part in our classes.

These children and young people wouldn’t be able to join our classes without your donation and continued support to Epic Arts! 

The new students were reffered to us from partner organisations and the Kampot community. The new students have already had their enrolment assessments with the team so our social workers and education team can support them and their families.

Covid in Cambodia

Since our last report in January there's been a third wave of Covid infections in Cambodia, almost doubling the amount of positive Covid cases. As of 8th March 2021 Cambodia has reported 1,011 positive cases with 493 people currently hospitalised and receiving treatment and 0 reported deaths.

The recent spike has only been reported in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville and as a result schools were closed in those provinces. For now, schools in Kampot including Epic Arts Special Education Classes, are still open with hygiene practices in place.

Hope is on the horizon.

Cambodia has received vaccine donations from both China and WHO Covax and the vaccines are being rolled out  as of March 2021 approx. 71,000 people have been vaccinated.

Thank you again for your continued support and we hope that you and your family are keeping safe and well. If you can, please consider donating again to support our life-changing work to help children with disabilities and their families in Kampot

Thank you,

The Epic Arts Team

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So happy during drama class
So happy during drama class

Happy new year from everyone at Epic Arts! Thank you for supporting our Arts in Schools project. 

In 2017 we delivered 48 arts classes at 2 schools in Kampot province. We also employed two new facilitators who graduated from our Inclusive Arts Course in April and showed talent for facilitation and performance. 

Chea is one of the new members of the team and he enjoys going to teach children on the  Arts in Schools project every week. 

“I really love teaching the children on the project. At first I was shy in front of them and they seemed a little scared of me. Over time I’ve built relationships with the children, I’ve seen a change in how they are around me and my disability. At the start they seemed frightened and laughed, they didn’t want to touch my arms. Now they are happy to work with me and they feel comfortable around me.

What I like about Arts in Schools is how happy the children are to join in. Their teacher told me a few times that they can’t wait for us to come every week.”

Chea joined Epic Arts Inclusive Arts Course in June 2015, here is his story:

“I didn’t know that when I joined Epic Arts I’d grow in confidence and that I’d discover a talent and passion for arts”

Che dropped out of school when he was 16 to help support his family. He worked on construction sites around his home town for five years. In 2011 Chea started working for a new company. 

“It was a good job, I’d been working there for 20 days when my boss asked me to install a roof. I’d done this loads of times before so I climbed up the 4 metre-tall concrete column to begin my work. I don’t remember much after that except my life changed forever. I was holding the metal roof panel. I didn’t notice the electricity cables above me. Thinking about it now, it was a death trap.”

Chea was electrocuted and was catapulted through the air down to the ground. The accident led to Chea losing both his forearms. Chea spent three years in a deep depression, hiding himself inside from the world. With the help of his family he slowly started to come out of his depression and soon after he heard about Epic Arts. 

“When I went to Epic Arts for the first time I was so surprised, the people all had disabilities but they were having fun and they were happy. That’s when I knew I wanted to join Epic Arts”

After three years of studying & working at Epic Arts I  am myself again! I wake up happy everyday something I never thought I’d feel again. I think that because of Epic Arts I have a future and I can do anything I want. 

If you’d like to support Chea and the team delivering the Arts in Schools project please consider donating again or setting up a recurring donation to our project. Your donation will help support Chea’s salary and materials for the children who take part in the programme.

Chea
Chea
Chea during an art session
Chea during an art session
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Student focuses on creating
Student focuses on creating

Our project has been running for over 2 years now and our team has seen a big impact for the children taking part in the workshops. Our Facilitators are very proud of the project and the children they’ve taught. They told me that they wished they could’ve taken part in arts at an earlier age.

“I can see a difference in the children. When they first join the workshop they are shy about performing but at the end of the term all the children are confident to perform in front of the whole school!” – Thou, Team Leader.

 “I went to a NGO run school for children with disabilities and luckily arts was on the curriculum there. I got to find my passion for the arts when I was young.” – Savun, Facilitator 

 “I wish I had the chance to take part in dance and drama when I was a kid! I think it is a good way for the children to use their energy & creativity in a good way” – Teuly, Facilitator

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In Cambodia the arts aren’t part of the national curriculum but this is changing.

In early 2017, our partners Cambodia Living Arts signed a five-year MoU with the Ministry of Education to pilot the implementation of arts education at Cambodian public schools.

Thanks to lobbying from CLA and other arts organisations around Cambodia, the ministry is now adapting their long-term strategy & focus from STEM to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.

Epic Arts are proud to partner with Cambodia Living Arts and share our resources in Arts Education.  

We created the ‘Arts in Schools’ project because we think it’s vital for children to use their creativity in an arts setting. When we started the project we hoped that in the future every child in Cambodia could take part in art activities as part of their education. It looks like it might not take as long as we’d thought!

Let's paint!
Let's paint!
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Thank you for supporting the Arts in Schools Programme in Kampot, Cambodia.

Last month we released our 2016 Annual Report (see the full story here) We’ve been looking back at our impact and stats for all our programmes. 

For the Arts in Schools project in 2016 we delivered 42 workshops, an average of around 7 per month during the school year.  

These broke down to:

  • 14 Dance workshops
  • 15 Art workshops
  • 14 Handicrafts workshops 

We had 4 different classes take part in the workshops, every term we would get a new class of children. 120 children took part in our workshops in 2016, and on average each child took part in 14 workshops.

This week we visited one of the schools where are team were delivering a handicrafts workshop.

We spoke to a few of the students during the workshop and asked them why they liked arts in schools:

"I really like doing art activities at school. Today we’re making braclets I’ve never made a bracelet before. My favorite part of the workshop today was choosing the different colour beads with to make a beautiful breaclet. It's a new skill for me and I think I will make braclets again.” – Student, 10 years old

 “This is my first time taking part in Epic Arts ‘Arts in Schools’ workshop. I enjoyed the workshop because it gives me the benefit of being able to understand some of the ways to do art, such as making bracelets and paper flowers. In the workshop I learnt that you can make art just by using simple materials.” - Student,  12 years old

 

Thank you for your continued support in making our Arts in School project a possibility. 

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