Sponsored by Terrapinn, UWS Vern Hoy School opened for the first time at the end of November and has made a very successful start. Teachers are meeting weekly with UWS Education Officers who oversee the quality of education in our school hubs. A local School Support Committee of village leaders is being trained to oversee the school. In December:
Before Terrapinn sponsored a new school in Vern Hoy, there was an old, derelict school building. Parents considered it too dangerous to send their children and there were no formal lessons taking place.
With Terrapinn's support, UWS built a school in Vern Hoy which opened its doors at the end of November.
During the first week, all children were issued with a red school bag complete with pencils, ruler and eraser. Government teachers were also supported and offered extensive training alongside community teachers. Community teachers are a key part of our model, as they bridge the barriers for those children who only speak their indigenous language.
Now, six weeks after opening day, 165 children are learning core subjects including maths and the national language, Khmer.
Also, Vern Hoy’s School Support Committee is engaged and meeting regularly with teachers and UWS Education Officers. The School Support Committee is responsible for community engagement and representing the community in the governance committee. Community leadership is key in the effectiveness of the school and our ongoing sustainable model.
School support and monitoring
Developing the curriculum
Improving the school environment