Samrong is located in Oddar Meanchey province, in Northwest Cambodia. Education opportunities are severely limited and dropout rates remain high. Physical access to school […]
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Research shows that across the board, the majority of 3-5 yr olds are taught at home. However, it was reported that these children were only given lessons once in a while. Most parents recognize that their children are likely to receive a better education at school from trained teachers, and that adds impetus towards sending their kids to preschool.
One reason parents are reluctant to send their children to preschool is that it is intended for children who are aged between 3-5 years, and some parents believe this is too young for a child to be in education. Children also might be staying at home because they either lack access to preschool, or the availability of places at the school is limited due to the lack of teachers. This is especially true in remote, disadvantaged communities where demand exceeds capacity and kids often have no other choice but to remain at home.
The key issue among those who do not attend preschool is that dropouts and repetition rates are high, yet according to studies, repetition rates are next to nil among students who did attend preschool. Therefore, it has a definite positive impact on primary performance.
Sending children to preschool not only allows time for parents to make a livelihood but also relieves the responsibility of older siblings so they can focus on their own studies.
Preschool establishes a foundation or springboard for children to enter primary education. It differs from a standard child care centre because, in addition to care, preschool provides skills and basic lessons. Preschool education is a way of aiding a crucial stage of child development.
Not only have teachers picked up on better test results, but parents have remarked on positive changes in their children after attending preschool. It introduces children to a classroom setting and they can enter primary school with increased confidence, not just because of a familiarity with the classroom environment but also due to the fact that they will have established friendships and connections with other classmates and teachers.
In Banteay Meanchey province, Northwest Cambodia, some children receive their schooling in the O’Sgnout centre. It consists of a primary school and a secondary school. This school centre also houses younger children at the preschool level. It gives them a chance to succeed. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space to accommodate them all. Without an allocated space for these pupils, their activities take place in one of the primary school rooms.
The situation is not sustainable. On one hand, the primary school is deprived of a room needed to home its pupils. On the other hand, the number of children that can be accommodated in the preschool is limited. The centre lacks suitable equipment to promote their development and doesn’t have enough toilets.
To meet this need, the school management team submitted a request to Children of the Mekong for the construction of a new preschool with four classrooms to accommodate up to 80 pupils.
BENEFICIARIES: 80 pupils and their families
PROJECT COST: £70 555
SOME PHOTOS OF THE PROJECT COMPLETED BY THE FOUNDATION ETINCELLE IN COLLABORATION WITH CHILDREN OF THE MEKONG!