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The Angkor Project - Cambodian Sister School

The Angkor Project is a collaboration between the Western Australian Department of Education, (DoE) and the Cambodian Ministry of Youth and Sport that builds sister school relationships to enhance the education of students in both Cambodia and Western Australia.

Background

During the period 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge revolution in Cambodia, led by Pol Pot, destroyed the education system through the elimination of most teachers and school administrators and the destruction of schooling infrastructure. In subsequent years to 1998, through Vietnamese and civil wars, there was little rebuilding of the school system. It is only since 1998, once the peace building had begun that the restoration process is occurring.

Cambodian education is characterised by:

  • low levels of participation,
  • insufficient classrooms resulting in shift systems,
  • 70% of schools without drinking water or toilets,
  • most schools without electricity,
  • high class size averages of about 50,
  • a lack of trained teachers and school administrators,
  • very low salary levels for school staff, and
  • in many schools, very few books or teaching materials.

Cambodia is the poorest of the Asian nations, with the highest incidence of HIV. The Kampong Speu Province, where the Angkor Project is based, is situated 50 kilometres south of Phnom Penh, is the poorest of the provinces, and the one in most need of support.

On 2 May 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Department of Education and the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) flagging the intent to work collaboratively to benefit children, teachers and education administrators in both Western Australia and Cambodia. On 6 October 2006, the signing of an Aide Memoire demonstrated that the project had begun through the establishment of sister school relationships and a sister district relationship between the Swan Education District and the Korng Pissy District in the Kampong Speu Province. The project has expanded to include all of the Metropolitan area.

Sister School – Ang Satha, Cambodia

The sister school that Roseworth Primary helps to support is Ang Satha Primary School. We support and learn about our sister school as part of our Values Program. Activities may include:

  • Showing a video about the sister school and various in-class activities to raise awareness
  • Researching the Awareness Cambodia Project
  • Each class to plan and organise some type of a fundraising venture to raise money for our sister school
  • Letters between schools in a pen-pal situation to raise awareness or different cultures and educational systems
  • Displays of photographs around the school
  • Highlighting information at assemblies / multicultural events

What Have We Achieved for Angsatha Primary School?

So far our school has raised over $5000 to support Angsatha Primary School and each year we send off money to the school to help improve both the facilities and educational opportunities for their students and teachers. Our support has added running water to the school, built toilet blocks, provided desks, stationery and professional learning for the teaching staff. Each year representatives from the Department of Education travel to Cambodia and conduct visits to each of the sister schools. We are very pleased to be able to report that Ang Satha Primary school is making great use of the resources that we send them and are so thrilled to be supported by our school.

The Photos below show just some of the conditions in our sister school. The help we provide makes school so much better for students and their teachers.

The Location of Ang Satha Primary School Desks and Chairs - Not Available in all Schools

Books to Read are in Short Supply
Water Storage Tanks - Necessary When No Running Water
A Diesel Pump is Needed to Supply Water Uniforms are Worn at all Times
A Gravity Fed Water Supply
Sharing Books and Waiting Your Turn