We arrived in Cambodia on February 21st!


As soon as we arrived, we were taken to the school by Sokkun who worked with us last summer.

この小学校はKFKO(Khmer For Khmer Organization)という現地のNGOが運営している学校です。

This is an elementary school run by a local NGO called KFKO (Khmer for Khmer Organization).


This school teaches 50 students with ages varying from 5 to 18. There are total of 4 classes which are divided by age.  The only subject taught at this school is English.


Since this school is also home to 20 students, here are dormitories for such students.





In the afternoon, we were able to join and observe one of the classes. This class was taught by Sokkun and was for the oldest age group ranging between 16 to 20. 



This picture is from a class for the second oldest age group ranging from 10 to 14. 

However, since there are not enough teachers, this class was taught by one of the students from the oldest age group.


Next is a picture from the class for the youngest age group ranging from 5 to 9. As seen in the other class, students from the oldest age group also teach in this class. Next is a picture from the class for the youngest age group ranging from 5 to 9. As seen in the other class, students from the oldest age group also teach in this class.


Other than English classes, children also learn agriculture. This is a small garden where students grow fruits and vegetables to feed themselves.








Today`s recap

First is the level of English skills at this school. The level was very high with students showing aggressive attitudes towards learning. On the other hand, there were students who were not able to keep up with the class and felt left out. This led to such students playing outside instead of participating in classes. Sokkun was eager to come up with a method to solve this issue. However, this is not a rare case. In Cambodia, many students cannot make it or come late to class causing them to miss out on a lot of things taught in class. This makes them lose motivation for studying. During the rainy season, the road becomes muddy which makes it impossible for students to go to school. Furthermore, there are also cases where the parents are reluctant to send their children to school. Since most people in these areas live under the poverty line, parents want their children to work for money instead of sending them to school.

Tomorrow, we were given an opportunity to teach the oldest and youngest class. We wonder if teaching using a projector will work. Even though it does, there is no guarantee that it will work in the future under these circumstances. Tomorrow will be a day we really get to assess the situation at this school.


子どもたちが将来の「選択肢」を持ち、 自分の「夢」を見つけ、 自らの「可能性」を広げて行ける環境づくりに貢献する。


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