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Muok Ei: Teaching In Cambodia

“I love these students because they love to learn despite being in a rural school! They are always eager to cooperate and learn, so even if I need to travel 23 km every day to teach them, I am happy to do this.”

Young teacher, Muok Ei, is 21 years old and graduated from the Teacher’s Training Centre this year. Muok Ei has been assigned to teach Year 1 at the Lboek Svay Primary School which is 23 km away from his home village. Lboek Svay primary school is one of the many schools where Samaritan’s Purse has been implementing the We Can Read and Write (WCRW) project.

Like Muok Ei, many other teachers have been stepping into the responsibility of teaching students for the first time. One of the main concerns teachers have in Cambodia is about enabling their students to reach certain learning benchmarks.

The Ministry of Education sets learning benchmarks that need to be met before year end which, in the face of COVID-19 school closures, could prove challenging. However, Muok Ei’s concern was turned into joy when he found out that his school was one of the schools that partners with the Samaritan’s Purse WCRW project.

The school is currently in its second year of the program. As well as providing students with study materials and literacy toolkits, the WCRW project equips teachers with specialised training in lesson planning, classroom management and effective teaching to provide quality, life-transforming education.  Additionally, year 2 of the project focuses on providing practical capacity building and coaching for teachers in order to improve their performance and strengthen the education outcomes of their students.

Hearing about this project, Muok Ei was very happy to be assigned to this school because he understood that additional training would help him apply what he had learned and further improve himself as a teacher. He was also thrilled at the prospect of receiving new teaching materials to support his efforts, especially during the time of the COVID-19  pandemic where he has to teach his students through community groups and home visits.

“During the first semester, after receiving training and coaching from WCRW staff, I was so excited to teach my students. But then, COVID-19 came and everything changed,” said Muok Ei. “We were struggling to know how to help our students effectively. We are so thankful to Samaritan’s Purse who walked with us during this uncertain and difficult time, and helped us find ways to help our students to continue learning in this season!”

Please continue praying for the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia. Pray that no matter how remote the location, we can help young people receive a quality education and take a step towards a brighter future.

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