Growing Novel Potentials in Rural Communities

by Mom Chantara Soleil and Tiep Seiha

Residents in Moung commune of Srei Snam district – approximately 100 kilometers from Siem Reap town – cheered novel potentials out of new school facilities and scholarship opportunities financed by Plan International Canada.

A school building of six class rooms, comfortable chairs and tables, ten sets of desktop computers, six blocks of school latrines and clean water system were officially opened today at Moung lower secondary school under the chairmanship of Siem Reap Deputy Provincial Governor H.E. Sin Run.

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“I encourage the school support committee to take good care of the facilities. The facilities belong to the community now so make the best use of them for the benefit of our children,” said the Deputy Provincial Governor to over 600 participating children, villagers, education officials, donor representatives, development partners, and local authorities.

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According to development partner representative Hang Bona, the investment of over US$ 204,000 from Canada which was implemented by Plan International Cambodia in partnership with Sovann Phoum Organization aims to increase schooling opportunities and ensure basic information technology among children in the far-flung communities.

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During the occasion, 170 scholarship package of study materials and bicycles were dispatched to students from household with severe economic hardship to ensure their school continuation.

In his remark, Srei Snam District Governor Mr. Mak Samphear inspired the children to continue studying and to avoid illegal and risky migration.

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“Education is everything. We have maintained security and safety in our community. Parents, please encourage your children to come to school. At least they should finish basic education which is grade 9,” he added.

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