There has been a positive and happy trend happening with our local Khmer volunteers and teachers in rural Siem Reap… having babies! This joyful event certainly has the ability to cheer everyone up. One glance into the gorgeous baby’s smile, our worries seem to fade away.
There is no doubt that 2019 was a busy and productive year for Chea Smonn school which is similar to the role of a new mother looking after her baby. All effort is spent to provide the best environment for growth. I was keen to learn from Nika about the priorities this year and she thought about it for a moment then said, “ Besides the current school ground project, I would like to see improvement to the teacher’s skills. I believe quality of learning is very important for the students and education overall. So teachers are the critical factor to successful education.”
Nika is a huge believer in education (you can read her earlier story here: http://bit.ly/NikaStory ) and she already has plans to get Phi Run educated once he is ready. On the other hand, I was interested to learn about her perspectives on education across different generations. She shared, “Before Pol Pot, teachers were powerful and earned good salary. My mother also went to school!” A huge spark in her eyes when Nika was looking at her mother who is in her 70’s. Growing up as a single parent and being the only child, I can feel their strong bond.
Nika continued, “The period after Pol Pot, which was my generation, education became very hard. There were schools and teachers but the quality of education was very low. Families were so poor and they could not afford to send their children to schools.” Personally, I absolutely could relate to her comments as I have seen first-hand so many families are still living in poverty today in rural Cambodia.
The conversation with Nika made me think … how can PeopleStories and I add more value to education in rural Siem Reap? How do we need to evolve to ensure that everyone is working towards a shared and positive vision?
Our work is constantly changing and improving and I am looking forward to an exciting 2020!
What is your vision for your children? Would you like to give Nika and PeopleStories a helping hand to advance education?
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