The Angkor Tree Project provides free teacher training to 250 young Cambodian teachers. Located in Siem Reap, we target teachers in informal schools (NGO's and community schools) to improve the teaching skills and language proficiency of local English language teachers.
When the Khmer Rouge was in power, late 1970's, estimated 75 percent of teachers, 96 percent of university students and 67 percent of all secondary school pupils were killed. Infrastructure was destroyed or abandoned. In recent years, the demand for education increased firmly, and despite the ongoing efforts of the government, international organizations and NGO's, there is a long way to go. The informal education sector (NGO's, community schools) needs professional support and training.
Training teachers is probably the most valuable contribution one can make to a country or region in need. Training English teachers and promoting knowledge of languages is a lever for change in a country with little natural resources, where tourism is one of the main sources of income. Well trained teachers decreases dependence of foreign aid and increases social and economic strength of the suburban and rural population.
Each year, this project will train 250 young, enthusiastic local English teachers. Each trained teacher will teach approx. 100 students every year. That's 25.000 children and adolescents on their ways to a better life!