Celebrating teaching excellence at our Krou Laor Awards Celebrating teaching excellence at our Krou Laor Awards

By SeeBeyondBorders -

Krou Laor, meaning ‘good teacher’ in Khmer, comes under the SeeBeyondBorders Teach the Teacher focus area, recognising outstanding progression and incentivising teachers to continue to strive for better.

Key to quality education is the expertise and attitude of teachers. Cambodia is no exception to this, so every year our teachers come together to celebrate their achievements with the Krou Laor (Teacher Awards) ceremony. Krou Laor, meaning ‘good teacher’ in Khmer, comes under the SeeBeyondBorders Teach the Teacher focus area, recognising outstanding progression and incentivising teachers to continue to strive for better.

Why?

It is no secret that the education system was all but destroyed during Cambodia’s darkest chapter in the late 1970s. Nowadays, teaching in Cambodia is still an incredibly difficult profession, without any of the support systems, infrastructure and years of experience that is often taken for granted elsewhere. The Cambodian teachers who participate in our programs demonstrate incredible bravery in their daily efforts to challenge what has now become the status quo: a lack of recognition of the importance of education; a low commitment from students and their families to attend school; and a lack of motivation among teachers to develop their own and others’ teaching standards. We think it’s important to recognise the hard work our teachers put in everyday in the face of adversity.

 

 

Where?

Over two ceremonies in Angkor Thom and Bavel districts, 196 teachers came together in celebration at the end of October. Their achievements included an average increase in pass rates of over 13% in Maths exams across grades 1-3 in our focus schools.

What do the Krou Laor Awards mean to our teachers?

‘‘I feel so happy to have received a silver award. I want to continue to strive for the gold award.’’ - Moa Bolin (Teacher).

On the day of the ceremonies there was an air of satisfaction and festivity. Award winners told us of the pride they felt about what they had achieved so far. The teachers also commented that they look forward to these awards ceremonies and that the awards, amongst the other SeeBeyondBorders programs, really motivate them to continue with their professional development and improve their skills as teachers.

    ‘‘I believe that the programs we participate in really encourage teachers to try more. ‘’
    - Kalum Soour (Teacher).

Mr. Shoran, a Deputy School Principle and Mentor talked openly about his time before being involved with SeeBeyondBorders. He discussed being taught teaching concepts but no techniques on how to implement said concepts.

    ‘‘No one had trained me to be a teacher really; I was just a teacher in name.’’
    - Mr. Shoran (Deputy School Principle).

The awards ceremony was a culmination of all the effort SeeBeyondBorders partner teachers had put into their skill development. After enjoying the success of their students, the Krou Laor Awards gave the teachers an opportunity to be identified, to enjoy a festive function and a great lunch!

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