We support just over 2800 students in grades K-12 at various pathway entry points. Our early work began from within the public schools, and while we still follow that model in most of the primary locations, as students graduated Grade 6 and needed support accessing high school, our strategy evolved accordingly. This has led to the creation of our own Learning Centers, which offer extra classes and activities that complement and augment the national curriculum while freeing us up from some of the constraints of operating from within government schools.
While all the communities where we work grapple with poverty, different pathways have very varied levels of public school effectiveness producing additional, diverse challenges for students. For example at Preah Vihear we need to truck students from the villages to secondary school and our adjacent learning center, but everywhere else they can commute by bike; at Koh Ker Primary the children suffer from food insecurity, while at Tchey Primary they do not. Our work evolves as the needs dictate, and different programs are applied at each location according to what works. Therefore each pathway has a carefully curated ‘menu’ of programs that can be scaled up, scaled down, and adjusted as needed over time.
All pathways have the same ultimate goal of ensuring students a seat at the table by offering up opportunities that they otherwise would not encounter. Once a student enters a PLF Pathway, we accompany them every step of the way as far as that student will go, until the realisation of their individual potential – whether that be meaningful and dignified employment, vocational training or a university scholarship.
Click through on each pathway to view their individual program ‘menus’, and the icons below for the scope of each program: