Stay in Cambodia, November 2015 at the Foundation Ponleu Kampuchea
I stayed two weeks in Siem Reap, every morning we depart from the guesthouse to Takos by tuk tuk with driver Say.
The ride takes about an hour (25 km) with a lot of traffic. We pass a few temples of Angkor (a pleasure for the eye) and a few villages. Upon arrival in the school of Takos, we greet the caretaker and his family (the two girls are frequent present at school, despite their young age).
We start with the preparation of the notebooks and writing-materials (upon arrival every child gets a notebook with their own name and a pencil to keep track of everything), then daily lesson starts. Depending on their age, the children arrve in groups between 10 and 11 hours (after their regular school).
A small ritual is asked: they must first wash their hands (for hygiene).
Then they get seated at the available tables, some come for French courses, others for the English; good luck to John during his long stay at the school. Thanks to Miriam for her help upon our arrival and to David for his advices.
A small library begins to develop thanks to a collection in France, also a few games were given. (But this is not enough.) The presence of 2 balls would be desirable in order to facilitate oral exchanges during the break. Also the children like to draw and colour (they usually have a very good stroke of a pencil and a lot of finesse for detail.)
The particularity of education: a collective course is necessary taking into account the different levels of students. But what a pleasure to see their motivation and progress. During my last day at school a party was organized, their eyes sparkle of pleasure, I’m glad to have seen this. Only beautiful memories will remain engraved and maybe also for them!
During my stay I could attend the feast of boats – Water Festival (this marks the end of the monsoon), it lasted 3 days.
The visit to some of the temples of Angkor was a beautiful discovery. This stay was a great experience full of humanity, sharing and exchanges.
During my last day I made a walk together with the children through their village, back at school there was a little party. They loved it. The children sang Khmer songs, a beautiful present.
A rich experience, wonderful children who really want to learn.