The old school condition improvement

Following the recent electricity survival and the main school condition improvement made possible by our core partner Helpucation e.V. based in Germany as stated in the previous blog HERE. Today we are happy to inform you that our original school / classroom has also been improved with the generous donation of One Step One Life, an Australian charity association founded by a young man, Mr Jake Stalkerr. Many  thanks to Mr. Hak Hien, one of our local volunteers for working on this and make it possible.

A donation of US$ 200 used to cover a pair of fans, a fold of electric wire used to connect from generator at the main school, better light tubes, switch and other installation stuff.

 

 

Thanks to One Step One Life for being one of our great and active partners!

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My time as volunteer in the AKC

Hi, my name is Kolja. I am 19 yeas old and I just finished my high school examn in 2015. This year, in the beginning of 2016, with the support of helpucation e.V. I had the great opportunity to travel to Cambodia and visit the AKC as a volunteer. Here is what I experienced.

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Unfortunately a homestay in Samrong as a foreigner is not allowed yet so I lived in Siem Reap, one of the biggest cities in the the country, which is well known for its vibrant traveler scene. The Angkor Kids Center is located 45 minutes drive from Siem Reap but fortunately Samnang organised a friendly Tuk Tuk driver, Proy, who drove me to the AKC. I enjoyed it every time, because for me it was interesting to observe the local people and to enjoy the landscape by driving past. Nevertheless this distance is an effort and complicates volunteering.

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The lessons in the AKC take place in the evening, so every day I arrived at AKC around 5 pm. At this time, many children play marbles at the playground or on the area around the AKC. The lessons usually start a bit later when the teachers arrive at 5:30 pm. On my first day there the children didn’t notice me, they were so much preoccupied by their games. It was a pleasant atmosphere. After the arrival of the young teachers, I had a friendly conversation with them about my journey and me in person but also about their lives. Most of the teachers are still students in other schools. They teach after that in their free time as volunteers.

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The classes with the younger kids were very loud. Almost 40 children and one young teacher who gave his best to teach them in English. It was all about the pronunciation: The teacher spoke out a word loudly and the class repeated it screaming. You can imagine that the lessons were quite vivid. Unlike the lessons for the older ones. Especially Phlom did very serious and good teaching. It was a pleasure to talk to his class on a high level. I told them things about Germany and my live and they gave me an insight into their lives. It was a very open and kind atmosphere.

I stayed for two weeks in Siem Reap, worked together with Samnang, with the teachers and the children and joined the “fence-project“. It was a great time and I was sad to leave this place. But I carry all the nice experiences with me. Until today it makes me happy when I think about that I’ve been at the AKC.

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Absence of the International & Cambodian Children’s Day Celebration 2016

International & Cambodian Children Day Celebration @ AKC

Sorry we are too busy working to develop our children at our school as well as our communities, that is why there is no festive celebration for our kids this year, said the AKC project director, Samnang Chhon explaining the absence of International & Cambodian Children’s Day Celebration 2016.

International & Cambodian Children Day Celebration @ Angkor Kids Center 1st June 2012

If you hit the above link you will see our care to promote the basic rights of the children and care about their welfare back in 2012. By that time, the International & Cambodian Children Day celebration which was to be held on the first of June, was not so in common, that was the reason we started to build the awareness to the public, especially at the remote community level of how important the children and their basic rights are, YOU CAN READ FULL EVENT REPORT HERE.

In the recent years, we have noticed that the celebrations have been  increasing significantly, as of 2016 almost every local TV channel, school, organization, and institution celebrated this child events.

As mentioned by our director above, we see that there is no need to make the celebration, national levels have made it publicly with many modern means. Additionally, our team are busy with other important and top priority work to serve our children and this meant much more for them to our perspective.

The question of what we are busy with, we have the answer as following :

1/- We are working to improve the school and classroom condition, fans and  electricity installation, bathroom maintenance, fence developing….

2/- We are trying to send at least six more candidates from our school and communities to do the vocational training course in tourism, one to Paul Dubrule, and five other to Haven Cambodia which is our best way to reintegrate our students and volunteer team.

3/- We are trying to send at least seven candidates to do an Interactive Teacher Training Course on the Teaching English as a second language TESL at Australia Centre for Education (ACE) Siem Reap,s, to improve and build the standard and quality of teaching English at our school, as well as developing the English ability to our team from the class.

4/- A few other work and case study with our donors and partners, to be specified when there are progressing more than 50% to our expectation at least.

These all the core activities that our local team are approaching to get done within this month, and that is why we left the celebration of International and Cambodian Children’s Day on 1st June 2016 quiet, even we know that kids love it.

Hope you find our work important same as the spirit our local team, and please bear with us that without you, your support, motivation and encouragement, it is really hard for us to invest our little time into a productive work, we need YOU.

Appreciate our work, please spread the word as one of the greatest mean to help Angkor Kids Center.

Angkor Kids Center, For better education in Cambodia!