Tchey School has been running the computer program for 3-1/2 years now and the earliest students from that project are now assistant teachers at the lab. There is one class of advanced students; they are in grades 10-12 and return each saturday and sunday to study in the lab. Yes, they are the geeks.
We’ve had a flurry of activity since school started. Here are some highlights!
The course of action on our part to start our own computer training means not only do we save a bit of money, but we make sure the students really learn the material and not get lost in the back of some overcrowded computer class using inferior equipment. A bonus is that we get to help a competent khmer woman shed her disability and realize her innate ability to share knowledge.
Read more to hear first hand from Srei (their instructor) about her life experience as a disabled person in Cambodia, about how she came to be heading up the lab, about her students and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.
This year the PLF has 103 urban high school students on our rosters, all graduates from Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap. Some of these students are now in the 11th grade and have been asking us for computer classes. It costs anywhere from $15-30 per month to send a student to Computer Classes in Siem Reap, so we decided to address this challenge by building our own lab.
Update: follow the class on their new Facebook page.
A collection of photos to tell the story about what’s been going on January. Dry season brings construction projects and so far this year, lots of language, art and music!
by Lori Carlson
The children at our schools are truly astounding in their tenacity, their enthusiasm and ability to learn. They suffer under the mantle of poverty from birth, but inspire us every day with their cheerful smiles and light-hearted approach to life. Every once in a while I feel compelled to tell the story of just one of them. This is the story of my friend and role model Soy Sen.
Long time friends of the Foundation John Stafford and Nancy Curtin arrived in Siem Reap from the UK in July 2010, along with their son Jamie and 2 of Jamie’s friends.
In addition to teaching some classes and funding some lunches at two of the other schools, John and Nancy came to see what progress has been made in the computer lab.
In March the solar project was completed at Tchey School, bringing electricity to 4 classrooms in the main building.
Electricity means many things for Tchey. Lights in the library mean teachers can utilize the office and library in the evenings. Informal English classes are already being held there with English speaking Khmer teachers giving classes to the advanced English students as well as a few adults.