English Language Development
Our English Centre has been running since 2008. We hold 11 classes from Monday to Friday for 44 weeks of the year. Yearly enrolments are around 330 and we have a substantial waiting list. Students’ ages range from 5 years old to mature adults. We follow a formal, customized English-based curriculum developed to meet the needs of the student population.
When we have volunteers visiting, we are able to offer a Reading and Conversation Programme offering formal one-on-one reading and conversation opportunities.
Monday to Friday we hold a Playgroup for children aged 1-4 years, the aim of which is to encourage a love of reading together with motor and social skills. An ex-student, Sokyin, our Playgroup teacher will be commencing Early Childhood training in 2021.
Monday to Friday we hold a Kindergarten session for children aged 4-5 years. An ex-student, Kimhean, is now a fully qualified Kindergarten teacher and we are proud to have her on our staff.
For students of various ages struggling with their own language.
Leadership Through English – an activity for Year 10 and 11 students to enhance their leadership, communication, conflict solving, decision making, and responsibility skills.
English and Khmer books available for student use.
A specific internal and inter-school Class 6 activity designed to promote confidence and understanding of local issues.
We hold workshops for the community on a variety of topics.
We believe in life skills training to provide a rounded education. We provide education in:
- Marine Conservation. Marine Conservation Cambodia holds workshops every week.
- Water Safety. Vital for all children in an area with the sea and dams. There is little understanding of water safety in the community and frequent drownings.
- Hygiene. With limited facilities and close living conditions hygiene is a vital skill.
- Health Checks. Annual ear, eye, and general health checks are conducted at the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital, a private hospital outside of Kampot.
- Dental Health. Annual checkups and treatment from the dental clinic sponsored by the Buddhist Library.
- Social Responsibility. Every fortnight each class covers various topics to do with social responsibility.
- Vision checks. For elderly members of the community.
- Child Protection. The openness and friendliness of Cambodian children needs to be weighed up against dangers from traffickers and those who would seek to harm them. We can ensure they know how to protect themselves.
- Child Labour. We work with the Government informing students and through them their families of the current laws regarding child labor and stress the importance of education.
- Drug Awareness. A member of the police force gives information to the older students each year.
- Positive Thinking and Team Building. Various activities throughout the year.
- Driver Safety. Most families have 1 moto shared between all members of the family. Once the students reach high school many of them drive the moto occasionally with no training or licenses.
- Critical Thinking. Activities to get the students thinking.
- Artistic and Expression Activities. Classes are incorporated into the English curriculum covering craftwork, painting, drawing, theatre, dance, and music.
- Khmer Culture. Older people from the village visiting the classes, telling stories of past times, teaching tradional crafts. After school activity learning Khmer dancing for older and younger students.
- Sports Days. We have sports teams who regularly compete against other local associations in the area as well as our annual whole school sports day which is great fun.
- Entertainment. We hold movie nights for the community. The community are invited to our annual end-of-year school concert.