The objective of the Puok Teach the Teacher project is to improve both the professional knowledge and teaching practice of primary teachers and mentors in selected schools in the Puok District, using teaching and learning in Maths as a medium.
Direct beneficiaries are children in grades 1-3 and their teachers. Indirectly we aim to impact the whole community. Other key stakeholders include commune chiefs and elders and District Office of Education staff.
There are 21 participating schools in the Puok Project: Ah ‘Tib Ba’ Dey (core school); Chouy Chak Krey; Coke Bos; Svay; Cham Bork Sor; Tweahs; Rearl; Tomreng/Tum Reung; Coke Veal; Coke Knang; Sam Bour; Tro Peang Thom; Coke Trach; Pro Lit; Coke Plough (core school); Neam’ Roub; La’ Beurk ; Peam; Pra Sat Char; Ta Sner; Ta Kam.
The model for this project is the same as the Ek Phnom and Krok Chhmar Teach the Teacher Programs but based in Siem reap Province. It consists of:
1) Targeted professional Development Workshops using mathematics as the subject focus since it provides a comprehensive medium through with to develop good teaching practice applicable across the whole curriculum. Workshops are delivered by trained volunteer Australian teachers and accompanied by comprehensive manuals and teacher resource packs.
2) Mentoring Program where experienced Cambodian teachers are given specialist training to participate in an in-school support program to support less experienced Cambodian teachers in appliyng the techniques modelled in the workshops.
3) Development of SeeBeyondBorders Cambodia teacher training staff continues to occur through the tutelage of Australian volunteers and SeeBeyondBorders Australia staff such that they can run workshops themselves and develop the mentoring capabilities of the mentors in the program.
The Teach the Teacher program commenced in Siem Reap (with professional workshops only) in January 2010. The Mentoring Program was introduced as a component of the SeeBeyondBorders Teach the Teacher Program from January 2011. The current Puok Teach the Teacher Project, incorporating both mentoring and workshops, is scheduled to run until July 2014, although a follow-up program will be designed and implemented to continue in the next academic year at least.
Chrok Sdeak in Kompong Chhnang Province is strategically located with many small villages in the surrounding area. The primary school is well attended and has extensive lands donated by the village Buddhist Pagoda. The local community is interested in further developing its capacity to provide higher level education to those living within a close proximity to the current school.
The project included:
a) 5 rooms in concrete
b) 120 student benches + 5 whiteboards
c) 5 teacher desks & chairs
d) Water tank, guttering, 3 room toilet, flagpole & gate.
Enrolment rates in primary school are now high (91.9% 2009 MoEYS figs). However enrolment in lower secondary school is below 50% in urban areas dropping to 11% in remote areas. The average in rural areas is 29% with Kompong Chhnang marginally above that rate. Accessibility of lower secondary schools is a major contributing factor to the rural and remote areas’ attendance numbers and strengthening one particular community that is strategically well located is considered the best way to influence a wider area.
With the completion of the lower secondary school building and basic facilities, there is now an opportunity for children who are graduating from grade 6 to progress to grade 7 in the same locality. It also provides SeeBeyondBorders with an opportunity to continue to work with a community who are engaged with the notion of educating their children through teacher training, resources, mentoring and other programmes such as health and nutrition.
This school complex, with both Primary and Lower Secondary capabilities, provides a location for SeeBeyondBorders to visit regularly, provide teacher support and continue to develop and evaluate its programme of education assistance.
Chrok Sdeak lower secondary school nearing completion
The local education team at Chrok Sdeak