In July 2010 HOPE trustees signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Salariin Kampuchea pledging their support in order to continue their mission to give the children of Cambodia a childhood and the young adults of Cambodia a better future, through play, education and development, in order to harness opportunity and positive change.
HOPE has agreed to pay the salary for one full time Life Skill Trainer who will professionally set up the programme. The key trainer will have relevant experience working with teenagers and have a background in social work and pedagogy. In the first instance they will set up the classes, time schedules and to complete the curriculum which will take two months to set up.
Salariin Kampuchea is a supplementary education programme set up at two schools in Siem Reap town. Set up in 2003 by four dedicated European women it has flourished into a well attended school run by the very attentive and talented Mr. Ravy.
At the start their main goal was to give more children and adults the possibility to study by providing free English classes. In the hope that it would give them better employment opportunities. In 2011 this vision is becoming more of a reality as they embark on a new programme focussing on the young adults.
Their Teenage Programme for students is due start in January 2010 at their two schools aptly named Siem Reap 1 and Siem Reap 2. Their programme is aimed at 13 to 20 years old integrating two to four classes in each school, but dividing them between 13-15 year olds and 16-20 year olds.
Working closely with the team at Sangkheum Center for children they have devised a curriculum that students can benefit from daily life skill training next to the English and Computer lessons.
Aims for teenage students:
● To engage in important personal and social subjects
● To advise different career opportunities and to research work experience options
● To investigate vocational training schemes or job together with professional help
● To help them become responsible and self confident citizens
Long term plans for Salariin Kampuchea include building and sustaining the life skill training curriculum for 13-15 year old teenagers and 16-20 year old teenagers, employ a life skill trainer to teach basic life skill subjects and employ external trainers or send students on courses which tackle more complicated issues like safe sex and road safety courses. Working closely with other organisations offering teenage programmes they intend to utilise everyone’s experiences and share their own.
Ultimately, Salariin Kampuchea will oversee student’s career plans and support them on their way into the professional world, supervise vocational training or study time and hopefully pay for university fees.