Schools in Cambodia closed in March of this year and after a long 6 months wait finally re-opened on 7 September 2020. We wanted to know and hear directly from the students in rural Siem Reap how the school closure has affected them and also what they are looking forward to now that schools are open again.
We spoke with Rady, Kongnov and Somkhann on their first day back at school and noticed a common theme was around online access to virtual learning.
The cumulative effect of slow internet, lack of preparedness for online learning and significantly fewer lessons compared to the usual curriculum means that students will have to work incredibly hard in order to catch up!
Now what about the things to look forward to now that schools are open again?
Rady felt that just by being with her classmates is enough motivation for her to learn better. Kongnov and Somkhann are grateful that they will again be able to discuss with her classmates and teachers the lessons they had.
We certainly wish them an enjoyable and fruitful learning experience in school. Hopefully one of the positives of not being able to go is the appreciation how much social interaction takes place at school besides of course the invaluable learning and setting students up for life to pursue their dreams!
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