The education system in Cambodia offers free Primary School education. However, there are still costs associated with attending, such as uniforms, books and travel costs. Which makes it impossible for the majority of children to attend school. English is not offered as part of the state schooling curriculum. Secondary education is offered only in town and for a fee; therefore, the village children cannot afford the privilege of an education.
The SHCC currently provides free English classes for 1440 students within the Kro Bei Riel community. SHCC currently uses the ‘Headway’ English Curriculum, but are in the process of developing their own curriculum. The student’s language ability in reading, writing, speaking and grammar is assessed and then they are allocated a level and assigned to a class accordingly. Classes are graded 1 – 12.
All classes are taught by Khmer teachers and Khmer trainee teachers, with at times, assistance from International volunteers. Class sizes vary between 10 - 30 students. Each class runs daily from Monday – Friday for one hour. Students range in age from 6 - 20 years. At any one time at SHCC there are upto 6 English classes running.
Objectives of the English Classes:
The SHCC Kindergarten has been operating since May 2010; the funds for the construction of the Kindergarten building were kindly donated by an Italian Organisation ‘Annulliamo La Distanza’. And the current Kindergarten project is now funded by Global Fund for Children.
The SHCC Kindergarten provides free early learning and social development to 192 pre-school children aged between 3-6 years of age, from the 12 rural villages within the Kro Bei Riel Commune.
The SHCC Kindergarten aims to achieve the following outcomes:
There are 12 villages within the Kro Bei Riel Commune, at present we can only fund 192 Kindergarten students, so we take 16 students from each village to join the Kindergarten programme. There is a waiting list of over 200.
Aswell as providing care and education at SHCC, weekly the SHCC Kindergarten staff visit the homes of each of the Kindergarten children to follow up with their families to discuss their behaviour and progress at the SHCC Kindergarten and also State School Kindergarten (if they attend there also). Our staff, work with the Kindergarten State School staff to get a better overall picture of the children’s development/progress so we are better equipped to meet their educational needs. We try to assist and work with the children’s families to overcome any issues they have regarding their children. We also speak to them about nutrition and health issues regarding their children.