by Mom Chantara Soleil
Solution for lower secondary students in far-flung Sleng Spean commune of Siem Reap province who traveled over 20 kilometer road to the nearest school addressed with the existence of newly constructed Daunsok lower secondary school.
Officially opened on Mar. 25, the school with five classrooms is realized through the cooperation between One Dining Corporation of Japan and Plan offices in Cambodia and Japan.
“Road to seize education opportunity and bright opportunity for our children have been eased. I would like to thank our counterpart from Japan and Plan for this. Children, please don’t give up your education. Parents, please encourage your children to come to school and don’t encourage them to migrate,” addressed Srei Snam District Governor Mr. Mak Samphea to participating children and adults in the opening ceremony.
Sleng Spean commune is situated in Srei Snam, the third poorest district approximately 90 kilometers to the west of Siem Reap province where access to education facility remains a concern.
Many of the children who completed primary schooling, especially girls, are discouraged by distance to the nearest lower secondary school of more than two hour biking.
In his remark, representative of One Dining Corporation Mr. Yasuhiro Shimizu appreciated the efforts and enthusiasm of the community people with the support from Plan and related parties that makes the existence of Kandol lower secondary possible.
“I earnestly hope that all children will be able to study and play with many friends and make great memories in this school. I hope abundant experiences of students at this school will help make their dreams come true in the future,” he added.
According to Mr. Hang Bona, Plan’s Siem Reap Programme Unit Manager, Kandol lower secondary school is the seventh school constructed through the funding support from One Dining Corporation. The assistance has a vital role to play in promoting enrollments and reducing dropouts for a long term poverty reduction in rural areas.
The construction of Kandol primary school with latrines and a pond cost around US$ 75,000, excluding the price of the plot of land and other resources contributed by the community and local authority themselves.
Mr. Mak Samphea also reminded the community to consider the facilities as their own asset. “Please join hands to protect these facilities and fix them when broken. It’s now ours,” he added.