Building our new school
Since buying our school site in 2014 we have been busy building our new school. We’ve had lots of help to build the new classrooms and other structures from individual supporters, families, and groups from universities, schools and companies.
In particular, we received 2 large donations specifically for building the new classrooms. One of these was from an individual supporter and the other came from one of our partners, PURE! Foundation in The Netherlands, who selected Treak as their project to support in 2017. In addition to PURE!’s fundraising, they also received matched funding from The Wilde Ganzen (Wild Goose) Foundation in The Netherlands. Now the classroom block is finished we have established the Adult Learning Centre and vocational training activities. Thank you so much to all concerned.
We still have plenty of work to do including establishing and equipping the Adult Learning Centre, constructing a new playground and playground equipment, designing and laying out a large mosaic over the remaining hard areas, and landscaping the site.
High quality English classes provide an education for around 470 children. The English classes include wider topics such as basic science, arts and crafts, and geography etc.
We offer English classes at many different levels for children and young adults who try to improve their English for better job opportunities in the tourism industry in Siem Reap.
Our head teacher Dara is a strong believer in methods such as learning by doing, and encouraging class discussions and questions. He coaches and encourages the teaching staff in these methods.
Our nursery classes provide kindergarten level education for almost 100 pre-school children. These classes are targeted at the poorest families to encourage engagement in education. Parents in such families often have had little or no opportunity to go to school themselves, and don’t always see the value of education for their own children. The lessons are a mixture of Western style learning through play, and more formal sessions that are designed to prepare the children for government primary school, which itself is much more formal than Western styles of education. Providing nursery care can also allow parents to work and free up older siblings so they can go to school.
After receiving some donated laptops we are able to teach the children basic IT skills. As many state schools don’t have an electricity supply IT classes rarely get offered there. IT skills are very important to prepare children for working life and give them the opportunity to find a job in the tourism industry in Siem Reap. Our IT class is a one year programme to provide a comprehensive general knowledge about typing, basic office programmes, and an insight into the World Wide Web.
The children love to spend time in our pleasant and colourful library. It contains picture dictionaries and encyclopaedias, Khmer storybooks and bilingual Khmer-English books which are very popular and useful for teaching English to the children. The library is very valuable as many of the children don’t have a single book at home. They are all hungry for the opportunity to read. All the books have been donated and we are always looking for more books to fill our shelves!
Plastic Bricks, “A Rubbish Idea!”
This innovative programme takes waste plastic and incorporates it into bricks. We then use the bricks to build toilets in the village for families who don’t have one. We now wish to build a workshop and storage area for the programme and any help to fund this is much appreciated.
At the side of our centre we have established a small community garden with the help of the villagers. We grow all sorts of vegetables and flowers and the resources of our garden can be useful in many different ways:
- help to train villagers in sustainable practices
- educate people about more nutritious food and how to grow it
- demonstrate how to grow food with little or no land
- emergency money to villagers in need can be given in return for help in the garden
- provides employment for villagers to look after the garden
- improved soil through composting has the potential to produce a surplus of vegetables to sell to local hotels/restaurants