We are delighted to welcome Sophen Phan as our Education Project Coordinator in Cambodia.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am Sophen Phan and I live and work in Battambang. I have started working for SeeBeyondBorders as an Education Project Coordinator for two months now since July 2011.
It gives me immense pleasure to work for SeeBeyondBorders as well as to help Cambodian teachers and students to have a better quality education.I have worked as a lower secondary school teacher from 2004 to 2006 at Cambodian Thai border, in a district called Phnom Proek. It is about 127 kms far from Battambang town. It was a Khmer Rouge place and it was integrated into the Cambodian government in 1996. It was considered a difficult area for various reasons because it is a malaria place and there were not many infrastructures available for people. The roads were terrible, especially in rainy season when it was so muddy and slippery that you couldn’t drive or ride vehicles, and in dry season it was so dusty and bumpy that you couldn’t see what was coming. There were a few school buildings for teaching and learning. In 2007 and 2008 I was appointed to be a deputy director of a unique High School in the district in the same time that VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) had extended their work to the districts at the border. They needed two Volunteer Assistants for two VSO volunteers who came from the UK. I applied for this position and I have been absent from my teaching career since that time. I worked with VSO in their Mainstreaming Inclusive Education (MIE) project from November 2007 until June 2011. I was responsible for translating and interpreting in workshops and meetings with POE staff, DOE staff, teachers and directors and also children. I worked as part of a team with the education volunteers, discussing, planning and evaluating the project and making sure it was implemented effectively. I worked closely with the local community explaining and promoting Educational projects. It gives me immense pleasure to work for SeeBeyondBorders as well as to help Cambodian teachers and students to have a better quality education. It is true that change begins with education. There are a number of factors that determine the efficacy of education. Student, home with community environment and teachers with how effectively they perform their jobs are the important factors. On behalf of Cambodian teacher, students and I would like to give gratefulness to Australian people and teachers for their support and compassion.
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