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Guy spent several weeks travelling around Cambodia during the summer of 2011 and was fascinated by the country and impressed with the people’s warmth and resilience.
In Cambodia, although 95% of children are enrolled in school, only 61% complete primary education. There are problems with overcrowded classes, absent teachers and lack of disaster planning. Parents often feel their children’s time is better spent working at home or in the fields to support their family and this has resulted in the country having the least educated population in the region. Read about primary education in Cambodia.
Guy’s Trust, in partnership with ActionAid, has funded the construction of new classroom blocks in two primary schools, one in Koh Kong province and one in Kampot province in south west Cambodia.
Tany Village, Koh Kong
In Tany village 67 children aged three to eight were being taught by one teacher in a one-roomed wooden annex, 3km from the main primary school.
We have provided a new three-classroom block, proper toilet facilities, a playground and two additional teachers and ActionAid Cambodia together with a local NGO have set up a School Support Committee to monitor the quality of teaching and the children’s progress. The school opened in February 2016 and through these improvements a significantly increased attendance is expected. We have also provided 50 bicycles for the older children which has cut down what for many was a very long walk to school.
Kandal Village, Kampot
Kandal village has one primary school serving 328 children aged four to thirteen. The school had one concrete building with five classrooms, of which one was used as a teacher’s office and a wooden structure of which only one classroom was safe. The children were being taught 50 to a class in two shifts.
The old wooden structure has been removed and in February 2016 a group of twenty Guy’s Trust supporters went to Kampot to help construct a new concrete five-classroom building in its place as well as a toilet block, basins with running water and a playground. Now the children are able to attend school all day.
Whilst in Cambodia we visited Chhouk Village school, a dilapidated wooden two-roomed building and a lean-to for over 100 children who have to attend in shifts. Guy’s Trust has agreed to construct and equip a five-classroom brick building, two toilet blocks and a playground and we are currently raising funds for this project. The cost is £55,000 and work is due to start in November.
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