At the start of 2014 we decided to take a slightly different approach to our School Supplies Program, aimed at enabling greater access to education.
Based on our research of factors pertaining to educational success in the Khmer government schools, access to reading materials and course textbooks was found to outweigh everything else. We decided that this should be our area of focus, and that by bypassing school corruption through taking a community centered approach we would be able to ensure greater accessibility for all.
The Journey So Far…
In February 2014 we opened our first Learning Center with great success. This was followed by a second Learning Center in December 2014. In both communities in which these centers have been established, students and their families have demonstrated a real enthusiasm and attendance has been very good. Students are welcome to attend the library to read for pleasure, study government school textbooks, do craft activities with the librarian, play sports and participate in weekly and monthly special activities and competitions.
We also employ a Cambodian English teacher to deliver free English classes at the Learning Centers twice a day, with around 100 students attending daily.
ABOUTAsia Schools is committed to cultivating a culture of reading, learning and creativity amongst Cambodian children through ongoing development of our Learning Center program. To achieve this aim, we offer a number of structured activities based around themes which enable them to explore and learn in fun and integrated ways. As the project does not rely on overseas donations, we are able to achieve objectives across the long term through sustainable funding from local business.
With the success of our pilot program and initial Learning Center, our goal is to expand the program, strategically placing centers in underprivileged communities for maximum impact.
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