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Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia

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Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
Give 300 Children Art & Dance lessons in Cambodia
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
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
Let's paint!

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. 

Thou helps Savun practice
Thou helps Savun practice

Happy Khmer New Year! It’s the start of a new school year here in Cambodia. We're still on our mission to bring art to children in local schools and to change children's perceptions about people with disabilities.

Savun & Chea have recently graduated from our Inclusive Education Programme. Over the past two years they've been exploring performing & visual arts with Epic Arts. They've joined the new mix of facilitators who're leading the Arts in Schools project this term.

Savun tells us how she was feeling about leading her first Arts in Schools workshop.

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 “I’m excited about the workshop, it’s my first time working with these children. I would never have thought that would have the chance to teach children at school!

 I’ve learnt a lot in the past two years at Epic Arts not just about the arts but about being a leader as well.

Today I led the introduction and warm up with the students. I was a little nervous about it. When we got to the school I asked to rehearse with my team leader Thou.

The workshop was fantastic! It was our first session so we played games and led some movement activities to get to know the new students.

My favourite thing about the workshop was seeing how much fun the students were having!

 I was very surprised by the children's attitudes. They remembered and respected the facilitators from last year.

Usually when I meet children they stare and ask questions about my disability. I was glad they didn't stare, it's clear the children today think differently

 I’m really looking forward to coming back and working with the children next week! "

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 Thanks to your support and donations we've been able to continue to lead Arts classes in Kampot schools.

Savun picked up on an exciting observation - that bringing in two new facilitators, who both have physical disability, has highlighted how the students react to disability. This wouldn't have been possible without having consistent workshops led by our team.

Thank you for being part of helping us change perceptions about disability

Savun leads the workshop
Savun leads the workshop
Savun and students
Savun and students
Students warm up
Students warm up
Teuly leads a warm up game
Teuly leads a warm up game
Students have fun at Arts in Schools project
Students have fun at Arts in Schools project
One of students during art class
One of students during art class

Thanks to your generous donations our Arts in Schools project has been running for a year now and has reached 157 children in Kampot. We’ve got two schools on board and have delivered 42 workshops over the past 12 months.

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Saan is an arts leader for the Arts in Schools community project, here he tells his story from unable to access school to becoming an arts facilitator and leading workshops.  

Both my brother and I were born deaf (he’s five years older than me). We didn’t go to school because we couldn’t hear the teacher. When we were children had no idea that sign language even existed!

I thought that I’d never be able to communicate my thoughts clearly to another person, I couldn’t speak, read or write.

The first time I went to school was when I was 14.

I started at Deaf Development Programme (DDP) where I learnt basic math, literacy and sign language. After finishing at DDP I joined Epic Arts as a student on the Inclusive Arts Course. For two years I learnt about being an arts leader as well as how to use the arts to express myself.

Now I teach art to children in schools something I never imagined I could do!

The first time we arrive at a new school children see us signing and that some of the team are in wheelchairs. They always stare and they always ask “What’s wrong with you?!”

I don’t blame them though; they don’t know what disability is. They’ve never seen people with disability before so that’s why they ask.

I like to teach because I want to share my knowledge about art. I want children to have access to arts workshops. I want to show them different ways they can channel their emotions.

It's important that we do the Art in Schools project because we are showing the children that even though we have disabilities we CAN do things. 

I like encouraging the children not to discriminate against people with disabilities.

I tell them that “Every Person Counts”

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Please help us deliver more workshops this year to children in local primary schools by donating today or setting up a recurring donation.

 

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