Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia

by Trailblazer Foundation
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Reduce Education Barriers in Rural Cambodia
Sambi with her mother
Sambi with her mother

As Cambodia moved forward with reopening the 2020-2021 school year across the country, the government understood that educating their youth ultimately results in the country's economic progress and growth as a nation.

Since mid-March, Covid-19 has impacted education in Cambodia, especially in the rural areas, where online learning was more challenging due to the lack of electricity and the internet. By early September 2020, schools began to reopen in phases under strict government policies and regulations that put the welfare of students at the forefront.

Trailblazer's distributions of bicycles to rural students augments the government's efforts by giving students the ability to get to and from school so they can continue their education.

One such bicycle donation was to a 13 year old girl, Sambi, who studies in grade six at Beng Primary School. Sambi had previously traveled 15 kilometers to and from home to get to school. She used to have to walk, often alone, which was a concern for her parents. She was usually late to class, or even absent. Sambi told her parents that she wanted to quit school and to work to earn money instead because she didn't want to walk to school.

Her mother reported that Sambi would arrive home late for meals. She also felt bad for her daughter because Sambi really wanted to go to school and be on time, but it was simply too far to walk. Although Sambi was of an age to help earn an income by working with her mother, her mother did not want her to quit school.

Now Sambi has a bicycle from Trailblazer. She is happy and enjoying school once more. Sambi and her parents thank Trailblazer and the donor very much for the bicycle and the change it has made in Sambi's education and life.

Donor support is always greatly appreciated and does make a difference. Trailblazer thanks everyone who has contributed to the education of a rural student. A donation of $55 can provide a student with a bicycle - changing that student's life for the better.

Bicycle delivery to the school
Bicycle delivery to the school
Truck load of bicycles for distribution
Truck load of bicycles for distribution
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Since mid-March, Covid-19 has impacted education in Cambodia, especially in the rural areas, where online learning was more challenging due to the lack of internet. Schools across the country were closed to reduce the spread of the virus. By early September schools began to reopen in phases under strict government policies and regulations that put the welfare of students at the forefront.

The Cambodian government understands how important education is to the country's economic progress and growth as a nation. Wearing masks, washing hands, checking temperatures, and maintaining social distancing has become the new normal to ensure a safe environment for students and teachers. And, these efforts are working to keep students in school and continue their education.

According to a Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport statement released on November 18, 2020, the government is working to recruit over 3,000 qualified teachers in order to meet student-teacher ratios and the educational needs of students at the kindergarten, primary and higher educational levels across the country. This effort to recruit more teachers will provide more support to poor students and help these young Cambodians extend their education past primary school.

Trailblazer's work in distributing bicycles augments the Cambodian government's efforts to keep students in school. With the ongoing support of our donors, we can give a student the ability to attend school. We greatly appreciate every $55 donation that buys a bicycle for a student needing one. Thank you.

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Schools in Siem Reap province, where Trailblazer works, have begun to reopen this month after having been closed for six months due to Covid-19. Students in Cambodia, like others across the world, have been eager to return to school and learning. In rural areas it has been especially difficult for many students to continue their education because they do not have internet connection or the technology with which to do so.

With the reopening of schools, Trailblazer can now rezoom the distribution of bicycles and help get students physically back in the classroom. We have funding for 45 bicycles and will be making a delivery in the very near future. We also have the funds to purchase 109 school uniforms, which will also be distributed to students who have been identified as the poorest and in need.

All schools must follow the government's Stanard Operating Procedures for hygiene in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and take measures to disinfect against the virus. Students' parents/guardiance must provide health and travel history information for purposes of tracing.

The Ministry of Education has required that students' chairs be at least two meters apart for social distancing and classrooms be limited to 15-20 students. All students must have their temperature taken as they enter school, wash their hands, and wear a mask.

Because public schools have a large numbers of students, it has been advised that kindergarten levels be divided into two shifts, and primary levels divided into three shifts - with students studying only two days per week. Schools from grade levels 9 to 12 are allowed to open across the country.

Trailblazer could not assist with this important and valuable opportunity for students without the support of our Trailblazer donors. Thank you for your investment in the continued education of rural Cambodian students. Your donations are making a significant difference in the lives of these rural students, and their families.

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First, we want to say we hope that all of our Trailblazer friends and supporters are staying safe and well during this uncertain time due to Covid-19.

Secondly, we are happy to report that despite the virus, 2020 started out with great success! In a recent GivingTuesdayNow campaign we received enough funding to purchase 100 bicycles for students waiting to receive a bicycle, just like these students who received their bicycle in past years.

We wish to thank everyone who participated in the campaign, and also to those who have made donations outside of the campaign. Your contributions continue to make this education project successful and enable us to supply rural students with a much-needed bicycle.

With this said, the delivery of these valued bicycles will need to wait awhile. The Kingdom of Cambodia has taken the protective measures as other countries have who suffered outbreaks of Covid-19, and so schools are currently closed.

Soon the annual summer break will begin, but when schools reopen in the fall we will move forward with the distribution of these 100 bicycles. So, stay tuned for our next report and photos of the happy student recipients!

Please take care and be well.

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We wish to thank all our donors who made it possible to provide a total of 92 bicycles to rural Cambodian students in 2019.

On December 3, 2019 Trailblazer delivered its third batch of bicycles for the year. Thirty-one bicycles were delivered to students of Toul Krous Primary School in Khun Ream commune, Banteay Srey district, Siem Reap province. There are 330 students who attend this Kindergarten through 6th grade school.

Banteay Srey district is one of the 12 districts in Siem Reap province, and is a new district area that Trailblazer Foundation will work in during 2020, and beyond, as requested by government officials.

Banteay Srey district has a poverty rate of 19.3% and is one of the poorest districts in Siem Reap province. The percentage rate of children between the ages of 6 and 14 years old attending school is 81%. The literacy rate of students between the ages of 15 to 17 years old is just under 95%.

The support for bicycles is an important step in continuing and growing the education of children in this poor rural district. Providing bicycles help build literacy rates because students are able to progress from primary school to secondary school to continue their education.

Your donation(s) have contributed to this success. These students will be the future of Cambodia and help develop their country. Thank you again for supporting the education of these rural students.

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