Since 2020 and with COVID spreading fast, children in rural Cambodia could not access any learning for months and this is what sparked the idea for a Mobile School.
Together with the district Governor of Bakong, PeopleStories recently announced the Smart School Anywhere initiative to bring digital and vocational learning to children in rural Cambodia.
Director of the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports (Bakong District) Mr. Tann Reangsey said, “One thing we (the Ministry) value about working with PeopleStories is our ‘common goal’ which is to help our children gain a better future through education. I really enjoy our open, honest and understanding partnership with PeopleStories.”
Developing digital programs to bring to the children has been a huge part of making the Mobile School a reality. Our international volunteer Vata has been working hard with others in the development of the e-learning modules. Vata shared, “I am glad to be part of the Learning & Development team. Currently I am supporting our Smart School Anywhere project by designing the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) e-learning modules.”
He continued, “I am pretty excited about getting the children to discover the world of ICT in a fun way.”
Bringing digital learning to some of the most remote areas of Cambodia certainly presents unique challenges. Access to stable internet and children that do not have experience with online technology are just a couple of those hurdles that need to be explored when creating digital educational programs.
Lowering school drop-out, keeping the children engaged in education, teaching them 21st century skills to better their lives is at the heart of this project. Everyone involved has been working hard for months to get to this moment with one clear purpose: to bring quality education to the Cambodian children.
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Story written by: Volunteer Kathy Aunkst