TEACHER BLOG: The Importance of The New Media in Cambodia

By Sokha Khoun

Media can mean a lot to everybody in Cambodia. But, 14 months ago, Media meant only many questions to me. In October of 2012 I came to join the Ponheary Ly Foundation to train to be a Media teacher with Diana Gross from Global Citizen Media. I wrote my first blog post called “The Importance of Digital Media in Cambodia ” in early 2013. During the past 10 months since I have been training and teaching Media, I have found answers to 60% of my questions.

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Get Real: "Girls Can’t Do That Job"

by Lori Carlson

Last year in August two girls finished grade 12 with outstanding scores in Science and Math. They desperately wanted to go to college, but (on the advice of others) were about to head off into a course of study that (a) wouldn’t benefit them financially in the long run and (b) did not capitalize on their science/math aptitude. We intervened to advocate in their behalf, and it was an interesting process trying to get these girls accepted into the course of study that their brains were built to do, not the course of study they were expected to do.

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Get Real: PLF Finances 2013

By Lori Carlson

Another year has come to a close and with it come the joys of IRS reporting. The best part of all these spreadsheets that have occupied my every brain cell for the last 30 days, is the rare opportunity to let these numbers tell me stories about how we’ve grown, how we haven’t, think about why we didn’t, see where we’ve made mistakes and how they’ve been corrected. Or not.

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Get Real: A Sign of the Times

By Lori Carlson

Before there was the Ponheary Ly Foundation, there was only Ponheary Ly, a school teacher-turned tour guide who witnessed first hand the harmful impact of tourism on the children in her country and took it in her hands to try and do something about it. She did her best to steer children away from selling things at temples and get them back in school. She did her best to steer her tourists away from “helping children by buying things from them” and let them truly help by supporting the schools they should be attending and the teachers who teach in them.

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