After 10 months being away from home and studying on our Road2STEM scholarship, KongNov and SreyMey finally returned home on their school holidays. “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” This quote from Zig Ziglar aptly sums up how KongNov and SreyMey master their learning amidst the hurdles faced being away from home and having extended school closures due to the pandemic.
Learning has not been a bed of roses for them. In fact, KongNov had a first taste of failure studying STEM when she failed Maths for the very first time. While she was heartbroken, she resolved to do Maths questions everyday till she passed her exams. She not only passed her Maths exams but went on to score even better than before! Her persistence had paid off!
With the prolonged school closures and learning taking place online, the girls had problems that were inevitable due to the inadequate network coverage. While most students just lamented about the problem, KongNov found a solution for the unstable network, “I need to learn and research before the teacher and when Teacher teaches me, I can understand. I also ask my friends when I need help.”
These advices resonate with all of us at PeopleStories. With such loving advice in mind, SreyMey and KongNov have been mastering their learning with heart. The heart to one day, lift the others in the village and also their country out of poverty. The growth of these girls has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are really proud and heartened to have played a part in unlocking their potential.
Join us in our quest to unlock the potential of more children in rural Cambodia. Read more about our Road2STEM scholarship: https://www.peoplestories.net/school-for-life.html
Story written by: Volunteer Bok Hoon Ong
To break the cycle of poverty by advancing education for underprivileged students, families and communities in need.