On Day 6 in Cambodia (yesterday), I got out into the countryside on my first field visit to see Chhourn Maly at work. This visit was at the Kraing Kaet Primary School. I was the initial Partner Adviser for the education program in Prey Veng during my first term with MCC and it’s exciting to see how far the program has come since I was last involved with it ten years ago.
The original focus of the education program in Prey Veng had been on basic needs. The main activity was providing breakfast to the students – it may not sound like a lot but for impoverished families this could make the difference between sending children into the fields to work and sending them to school. In the years since then this has really become a peace building program with an emphasis on nonviolent teaching methods and building strong community involvement. The program still provides breakfast for schools in impoverished communities but is also coaching teachers, working directly in classrooms, piloting tablet assisted learning, and strengthening school support committees.
I’m already looking forward to my next field visit to this program.