A brief history of education in Cambodia: Before the 20th century, traditional education in Cambodia was handled by the local wat (temples) and the monks and priests ("bhikku") were the teachers. The students were almost entirely boys, and the education was limited to memorizing Buddhist chants in Pali.
After the Khmer Rouge were driven from power, the education system had to be re-created from almost nothing. Illiteracy had climbed to more than 40 percent, and most young people under the age of 14 lacked any basic education. In the former schools which could still be used, but also in the streets, civil servants and teachers who remained alive showed an exceptional devotion by teaching even at night!
Thank You, Teachers! Every 5 October is the World Teachers’ Day. It is a day that is dedicated to raising public awareness on issues related to teachers and teaching. These include things like teaching teachers to teach, the importance of all levels of education, and the challenges teachers often face in third world countries.
From the bottom of our heart, PeopleStories would like to say Thank You to all the teachers, especially to those who have been working closely with PeopleStories. Thank you for trusting us, and working with us to make the change.
PeopleStories is committed to transform lives through education. Want to make a difference together? Email: Team@PeopleStoriesCharity.org to start your change maker journey.
Story written by: Volunteers Bok Hoon Ong and Pei Khoek
To break the cycle of poverty by advancing education for underprivileged students, families and communities in need.