A New School in Cambodia

July 18, 2017 • Cambodia

Teachers at a primary school receive training and a new building.

Sambath is a teacher at Bos Thom Primary School in Cambodia.

As a teacher at Bos Thom Primary School since 2004, I have faced quite a few challenges. Before I was able to get a motorbike I had to walk about four kilometers every day on a very bumpy, dusty road. It was particularly difficult during monsoon season. I spent about two hours every day walking to school.

I was not trained in teaching. Sometimes I observed what other teachers were doing and tried to imitate them. I did not know how to manage my classroom or grab the attention of my students.

Samaritan’s Purse has built a new school building for Bos Thom. The former school was a three-room wooden building that was old and unattractive.

The new Bos Thom school building.

The new Bos Thom school building.

Samaritan’s Purse also implemented the We Can Read and Write, and the Better Teacher, Better Education projects in our school. All the teachers were trained on teaching methodologies, how to create a lesson plan, classroom management, and how to use teaching toolkits.

Literacy instruction and mathematics were a challenge for us. But Samaritan’s Purse provided us with teaching and learning materials. The teacher guide books are extremely helpful for literacy instruction.

Previously, most students were irregular in their attendance or late to school. Now, the kids love learning from the toolkits. The educational games keep them interested and wanting to learn more.

I cannot thank Samaritan’s Purse enough for giving us a new school building and making it such a beautiful place for the students to come and learn. I feel grateful for the trainings I received—they definitely made me a better teacher and I teach with so much confidence.