Hot News‎ > ‎

Pencils, paper, uniforms, oh my!

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Heidi Hendry   [ updated Aug 25, 2013, 8:30 PM by Suzanne Pawley ]

Earlier this year on a return trip to Cambodia, the Pawley family was fortunate to come across the school Srey Vibol Ke, just outside of Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat Temple. After enquiring with the principle as to why the students uniforms were so dirty and grubby, the principle explained that the parents of the  students were poor and the children only had access to one uniform. The children in public schools in Cambodia are only allowed to attend school for two days without uniforms and after this time they are not permitted to come to school.

The principle and teaching staff also discussed other problems in the school that impact the attendance of students and their learning ability. The list was endless!

The Pawley family returned two days later bringing with them new school uniforms for every student (with sizing help from the teachers). 

Students received new colouring pencils with books, pencil cases and biro's...
New sporting goods including high bounce balls... and hand ball lessons!

New teaching aids including world maps for all 5 class rooms, mathematical table charts...
And a promise to support the school with rebuilding the toilets and improving the overall  conditions for the students.