School by the Lake opens School by the Lake opens

By Christine Atkins -

As part of a community development programme, SeeBeyondBorders has funded the construction of a four classroom school.

Working with established local partners, SeeBeyondBorders has funded the construction of a four classroom school, together with classroom furniture, toilets, and a well. The school is located in Phnom Kpuah in Battambang Province. The project commenced in September 2010 as part of the community development programme established for this area and the school was officially opened on 25 February 2011. The school will also serve as a meeting place for the village community thus fulfilling a basic need for 490 people from the village of Phnom Kpuah. The previous school was an earthen space with a roof of bamboo held up by wooden sticks serving as columns and had been managed by a single teacher, a man of 79 with a true vocation for teaching. In 2009 the roof collapsed which necessitated a move to under the teacher’s house.
From under his house, the teacher ran three classes for a total of 77 children.
From under his house, the teacher ran three classes for a total of 77 children. Classes for grades 1 and 2 were conducted simultaneously in the morning and grade 3 in the afternoon. On completing their third year here, the children are accepted into grade four at the government school, about 5kms away. To be admitted to the government school the students must have learnt how to read and write fluently. The previous conditions made this a real challenge for the community. It is hoped that the newly constructed school will facilitate learning for the students and continue to improve education standards in the village. The school well also provides water for the whole village community. From this ... Old schoolhouse To this ... The new building

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