Channy shows her writing skills
Every child deserves an education and todayhundreds of children with disabilities in Cambodia are missing out on their right to an education.
Meet Channy* a student at one of the Integrated classes we run at local government schools in Kampot. Channy turned 16 this year yet for those first 15 years of her life she'd never had the chance to attend school.
This May she enrolled at our ‘Integrated class’ in her village school made possible through your generous donations. Channy’s parents tried in the past to enroll her in public education but schools, especially in rural areas, just dont accept a child with Down’s Syndrome.
Sadly in Cambodia children with disabilities are considered unable to learn and their education is seen as only a waste time and money.
On a recent visit to the class I saw firsthand how Channy enjoys learning, she’s a very enthusiastic student, throwing her hand up to answer questions and writing letters on her whiteboard with so much care.
Channy’s teacher told me about Channy - “She loves to learn! In fact her mum told me that before Channy could come to school, she would wait for her nephews to arrive home from school everyday. Channy wanted to practice the Khmer alphabet and learn to write with them”
At Epic Arts we’re working hard to make sure children with disabilities get to school. We’re helping to train teachers in inclusive practice, creating classes in local schools and changing perceptions around disability.
Our courses inspire students to learn & be active members of society through arts based education.
The 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 disabilities and the Inclusive Arts Course (IAC) for young people with and without disabilities.
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*Name changed for privacy
Enrolling at school for the first time with mum
Happy to finally be able to go to school!
Top student writing with care