At the beginning of each academic year, Better Schools Foundation will give each individual student at the 2 schools that we sponsor a packet of stationeries which includes 2 exercise books, a pen, a pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener and a ruler. We have also donated to the schools some water purifiers, soaps, footballs, basketballs, badminton rackets, sport uniforms, A4 paper and document files.
Back in early November 2017, Ms Michie Nishiguchi from “Demeter” went to Kampot with Better Schools Foundation to teach some families how to grow and dry herbs; and 2 months later, one of the families has produced some dried lemongrass, Ms Michie has tested it and was very satisfied with it and would purchase it from that family on a long-term basis if they could keep up the standard; and this certainly would help the families to generate more income.
Veal Sbov Primary School only had 2 classrooms which were not sufficient as the school needed to borrow a room from the neighbor; the condition of the classrooms was also very poor.
This year, Better Schools Foundation has decided to build 2 new classrooms for the school; the contract was signed between the headmaster and the local builders on the 25th July; and the project was also approved by the local authority on the 25th July, then by the Ministry of Education on the following day (26th July).
The building work started in early August, and was completed in early November. Better Schools Foundation has also sponsored the school with the necessary furniture (desks, chairs, blackboards etc.).
Better Schools Foundation believes that providing children with a better learning environment and learning opportunity is insufficient to alleviate poverty. It is important that families are able to financially support their household and their children for higher education. Therefore, Better Schools Foundation is currently working with a company called “Demeter”.
Ms Michie Nishiguchi is a Japanese lady who has been in Cambodia for more than 10 years. She used to work for a N...GO. Two years ago, she started her own company to produce and sell herbal products brand “Demeter”.
In order to alleviate poverty in Cambodia, Ms. Michie has travelled round the provinces and taught the poor farmers and some primary schools how to grow the herbs properly, she would then buy the herbs from them at a reasonable price.
Ms. Michie has kindly offered her help to the families from the 2 schools that we sponsor.
On Wednesday 6 September, Ms. Michie travelled to Kampong Chhnang, and on 11 October she travelled to Kampot with Better Schools to visit the 2 schools and some poor families, and she taught them how to grow and dry the herbs properly, and hopefully that would help them to generate more income. We hope we could expand this program so that more families can gain the skills of planting herbal tea and earn an extra income for their household.
English language is not a compulsory subject to be taught in primary schools in Cambodia. Taking private English Language classes costs each student around 25 USD per month. When students are given the opportunity to learn English, we believe that it increases students’ probability in pursuing a higher education and become more exposed to different work opportunities. Therefore, Better Schools Foundation decided to hire a full time English Teacher for Cheuteal Chhrum Primary ...School. Searching for a full time English teacher in villages that are far away from the city is a difficult task. Due to the location of the school, we were unable to find a full-time teacher. Instead, a part-time English language teacher is employed in March 2017. Better Schools Foundation visits the primary school regularly to check on the progress of the students.
A recent visit that took place in August 2017, our team was amazed by the progress made by the students in Cheuteal Chhrum Primary School. To keep up the good process we believe Better Schools Foundation can do more to help. Better Schools Foundation does have a long-term plan to employ a full time English teacher for Cheuteal Chhrum Primary School. But we do understand that the geographical location is a main constraint in searching for a full-time teacher. Hence, Better Schools Foundation is planning to produce a series of English self-learning videos that is available online to teach students to learn English as this will be a useful tool to improve the level of education, especially when the internet coverage is ready for the two schools that we sponsor.
The success in Cheuteal Chrum Primary School has motivated us to expand this English program. We are now in the process of recruiting a full-time English teacher in another primary school that we sponsor, Veal Sbov Primary School.
When Better Schools Foundation’s team first visited Cheuteal Chhrum Primary School in Kampot Province, there were no fences surrounding the main buildings of the school at all. Animals such as cows working in nearby farms could access the school area very easily. In 2012, Better Schools Foundation has sponsored Cheuteal Chhrum Primary School to build a fence in the front of the school. In 2017, Better Schools Foundation decided to sponsor the school once again in building a fence at the back of the school. The construction work of the fence was completed on the 1st of June 2017. The aim of the fence project is to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for the students.
The MBA students of the City University of Hong Kong had their MBA Enterprise Diagnosis Residential Trip in Cambodia; and on the 24th May, they spent a few hours visiting Veal Sbov Primary School.
The students played games with children and one of the professors taught them some basic algebra. The MBA students from Hong Kong have also bought them gifts such as colour pencils and all sorts of sweets all the way from Hong Kong. The children had a memorable day.
Veal Sbov Primary School was founded in 2010 and Better Schools Foundations started sponsoring them in 2015; at that time, the infrastructure of this school was very poor, it had no electricity, no water and no toilet, but since then Better Schools Foundation had sorted out the electricity and water for them by installing a solar panel, and installing a water pump and water tank. Furthermore, we have also built a toilet and water basin.