Angkor Thom’s Wonder Woman
Although she only has one arm Hoy Tot has excelled at her studies and will soon become the first in her community to graduate from Siem Reap Provincial Teacher Training College and be ready to build more quality human resources, especially those with unfortunate background.
Twenty year old Tot who has been sponsored through child rights organization Plan International since 2002, lives in Angkor Thom district of Siem Reap province. She was born with a birth defect and only has one arm. Her family are rice farmers and make a living from almost two hectares of land which they cultivate.
Have a read of the say from her and her parent:
“I’ve been always dreaming to become a teacher and teach in my community. There are many children ignorant and needing help. I am so attached to them since I volunteered with Plan organization to teach smaller kids in the evening while I was still in grade 10, 17 years ago,” says Tot.
“After the study here, I will become a primary school teacher. My community needs teachers especially high school ones, but I has to go back and teach first because my family needs my support and I can save some more experience. One or two years after that I can apply to get trained to become a high school teacher,” Tot adds.
Tot’s mother, Mrs Keng Hat, 54, says almost with tears of joy: “I am very happy and proud. I want my daughter to be a knowledgeable person. Not like myself who could not get an education because of the war and poverty. No one in my family except Tot, finished secondary school.”
Tool that Promotes School Governance toward Quality Education
Remoteness does not handicap Sre Kvav lower-secondary school from doing its best to secure child friendly space, thus providing quality service to promote the future of Cambodia – thanks to the school governance tool it’s applying through the facilitation of Plan International Cambodia.
The students are enjoying the school’s enabling environment, ranging from functioning students council, convenient library, first-aid and sanitation facilities, sports club, to vegetable gardening activities – those that make them want to come to class.
The school governance tool has been tested through a Programme Partnership Agreement in 28 lower-secondary schools in Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum provinces since 2013.
Below are the voices from the school:
“The dropout rate declines since we started using the school governance tool two year ago. The tool enables school principal, teachers, students and community representatives to assess school performance, identify student’s needs and draw up actions to address the need collectively,” says the school principal, Mr. Hon Bun Heab.
Eight grader Chanry shared, “Boys and girls met separately to determine our problems before we come together to prioritize them. Then we share the priority problems to school principal, teachers as well as the authorities to discuss solution.”
Teacher and girls councillor Ms. Khav Sino gives an example of the solution derives from the tool that, students especially girls used to go home and stop studying because of their menstruation. They felt shy and did not speak about it. Through the tool, girls raised it as an issue, so the school activated counselling session on sexual and reproductive health:
“Before the sports club and vegetable garden did not function. Nothing very interesting at school. Now we many things to learn and enjoy with friends. And we love our school. I will miss it badly when going to the higher secondary school,” says a ninth grader Thorng.
New but Convenient: School Latrines and Water System in Ta Nang
With financial assistance from the counterpart in Sweden, Plan International Cambodia engaged teachers, students, parents and local authority in and around the only one primary school opened two years ago in Ta Nang village, Ta Lav commune of Andoung Meas district to build pour flush latrines and clean water system there.
Three blocks of latrines – one for girls, one for boys and another for students with disability –was completed through the joint effort in mid-2005, along with maintenance committee and on-going training integrated in school activities.
Here are what they reacted –
“When we first had the pour flush latrines six months ago, about 30% of our students here knew how to use it although not properly. Almost all of them don’t have one at home and usually defecate in the bushes. We need both to tell and show them how to use the latrines. Now about 90% of them know how to it,” says school director Leuk Vuthy of Ta Nang primary school.
Grade-four Bao, 14, and her male classmate Pen, 17: “We feel very safe in the latrine, no need to rush. Open defecation makes areas around our school dirty and smelly. It’s very easy to learn to use it. We want to have it at home, too, but our parents said it’s expensive.”
“At school, I can go to the bush to pee, but not to poo because I am afraid that my friends will see me,” tells 15-year-old Kam, another fourth grader and an orphan living with her grandmother. Years ago Kam’s father committed suicide and mother died of eye infection.
STORY IDEAS (in Khmer and English)
- ការបញ្ចប់បឋមសិក្សារបស់កុមារីជនបទកើនឡើងបន្ទាប់ពីសំលេងរបស់ពួកគេ ត្រូវបានបញ្ចូលក្នងផែនការអភិវឌ្ឍន៌ភូមិ
- Completion of basic education among girls increased as their voices reflected in the VDP (village development plan).
- Remote community cheers increase of safe newborn
- Community joins hands to improve access to early learning
- Pro-poor scholarship help decrease primary dropout
- Improved household agricultural crop promotes primary education
- Existence of health center changes community’s health practice in Angkor Thom
- Children and youth take the lead in reproductive health
- Children unite to address climate change impacts
- Clean water wells better health and safety in the rural area
- Promoting religious tie since the early learning in lives
- Computer class: my dream as a rural child