Vision from the Top
In 2017, PeopleStories has made a conscious decision to actively work with the government schools in order to drive systemic and enduring changes that help as many students as possible. We are fortunate to have the kind support from the Director of the Department of Education, Youth and Sports in the Bakong District, Mr Reangsey.
As schools just reopened in Cambodia, I wanted to hear more about Director Reangsey’s vision for the rural schools, the students, the teachers and also the challenges they are facing in uplifting education in poor rural areas.
Director Reangsey also shared that achieving their vision is quite challenging. Poor families are faced with the tough choice of sending their children to work or allowing them to go to school. Likewise, there are legacy issues with regards to teachers and a generation of educators who were killed under the Khmer Rouge regime. Teaching, as a profession, needs to be re-established and experience built up again over years.
As someone who has been through very tough times including civil war, Director Reangsey’s dreams are very real and grounded. He still continues with this dream and wants to see all children come to school, finish school and have good knowledge to offer them choices to make a happy living for themselves, their families and communities.
Slowly, but surely, Director Reangsey has taken steps to improve the education for the students in the rural regions. You can play a part too by donating to this new school year scholarships - 100 Dreams for 100 students.
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