OUR VOICES: Tov Tie, Parent
"I don’t have wealth to give to my children but I can give them an education. I don't want them to have a difficult life like me."
Meet Tov Tie. She lives near Siem Reap and has two children. Her eldest child is in Grade 2 and we have supported him through our Conditional Cash Payment (CCP) program.
“My son has been on the CCP program for six months now. SeeBeyondBorders has helped me to be more involved in school and has provided funding for me to buy school materials and uniform for my son. Some parents who live far away are given bicycles but we are close so I can walk my son to school.
My son learns more now, both at school and at home. I have just been told he is number 1 in his class. I help him at home by asking him about his school and what he has learnt, what his score is and ask him what he enjoys. I didn’t do that before. Before I didn’t ask him about school. But I have been attending the meetings with SeeBeyondBorders’ staff and the CCP committee and they encourage parents to support their children and I understand the importance of being involved in my child’s education now. I started to ask more questions and my son seems to be more engaged. My son is learning more now and is top of his class. He now even helps his sister and teaches her what he has learnt and helps with her homework.
"My son learns more now, both at school and at home. I have just been told he is number 1 in his class."
SeeBeyondBorders’ staff have talked with me about the importance of helping to support the school and I appreciate that. I appreciate they come to visit me and to support me and my children to get to school. I want my children to have an education because I don’t want them to have a difficult life like me. I don’t have wealth to give to my children but I can give them education. Their life can be improved this way. Education will make it happen and will inspire them to have a better future. This is what I am hopeful for.
"I don’t have wealth to give to my children but I can give them education. Their life can be improved this way. Education will make it happen and will inspire them to have a better future."
Involving parents in school is important because parents will then understand the value of education for their children. If we are more involved and understand more about how we can help our children and how we can help learning and their results, then we can do more. Otherwise we do not know how to help. At today’s CCP meeting, for example, we are encouraged to ask our children about their school work and what they have done each day.
I will keep coming to the meetings, and keep helping my children at home with their homework and ask them about school. I want to help the school with what I can.”
As told to Victoria Riley.
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