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Children helping to rebuild the schools of Cambodia through sister school relationships.

The Angkor Project is a collaboration between the Western Australian Department of Education (DoE) and the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport that builds sister school relationships to enhance the education of students in both Cambodia and Western Australia.

Background

During the period 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge revolution in Cambodia, led by Pol Pot, destroyed the education system through the elimination of most teachers and school administrators and the destruction of schooling infrastructure. In subsequent years to 1998, through Vietnamese and civil wars, there was little rebuilding of the school system. It is only since 1998, once the peace had begun, that the restoration is occurring.

Cambodian education is characterised by:

  • low levels of participation,
  • insufficient classrooms resulting in shift systems,
  • 70% of schools without drinking water or toilets,
  • most schools without electricity,
  • high class size averages of about 50,
  • a lack of trained teachers and school administrators,
  • very low salary levels for school staff, and
  • in many schools, very few books or teaching materials.

Cambodia is the poorest of the Asian nations, with the highest incidence of HIV. The Kampong Speu Province, where the Angkor Project is based, is situated 50 kilometres south of Phnom Penh, is the poorest of the provinces, and the one in most need of support.

On 2 May 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Department of Education and the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) flagging the intent to work collaboratively to benefit children, teachers and education administrators in both Western Australia and Cambodia. On 6 October 2006, the signing of an Aide Memoire demonstrated that the project had begun through the establishment of sister school relationships and a sister district relationship between the Swan Education District and the Korng Pissy District in the Kampong Speu Province. The project has expanded to include all of the Metropolitan area.

The Angkor Project has the approval and support of Ms Sharyn O'Neill, Director General (DoE) and the Director General of Education (MoEYS), Mr Sam Samenta, Regional Director Kampon Speu Province and the Governor of the Kampong Speu Province.

Further information on the project is included in its Management Structure and Strategic Plan 2015.

Study Tour 2018

As part of the above Memorandum, Principals and teachers have travelled to Cambodia during 2006-2018 and established sister school relationships with Cambodian schools to provide, through student fundraising, drinking water, toilets and learning and teaching materials for Cambodian students. In January 2018 a Leadership Conference was conducted for 27 participants. The participants were made up of Cambodia School Directors, Principals of sister schools and Provincial Officer staff.  They focused on the school leadership and the Growth Coaching model. Site visits were conducted with local Principals engaged in face to face coaching sessions with their staff and were supported by the conference presenters.    The leadership conference was very successful. A further study tour may be planned for January 2019.

 

Study Tour 2019

We are now calling for Expressions of Interest for participants for the January 2019 Study Tour.  If you think you would be interested in being part of this tour, please complete the expression of interest form and return to Carol O'Connor.

Expression of Interest - 2019 Study Tour Leader

Expression of Interest - 2019 Study Tour Participant

 

Link to the official Angkor Project Facebook page is available here

 

Aide Memoire 2017 available here.

 

Report from Norman Paini, 2018 Tour Leader available here.

Report from Pat Serrell, 2017 Tour Leader avaliable here.

Report from Norman Paini, 2016 Tour Leader available here.

Report from Melanie Clarke, 2015 Tour Leader available here.
2015 Leadership Conference Report from Neil Darby available here.

Report from Norman Paini, 2014 Tour Leader available here.
Blog from Karen Cowie, Principal, Holland Street School available here.
Photo's from 2014 study tour available here.

Previous Tour Information
Report from Norman Paini, 2013 Tour Leader available here.
Blog from one participant, Natalie Tarr, Highgate PS available here.
Photo's from 2013 study tour available here.
Presentation from Mr Serey showing how the Angkor funds were spent in 2012 available here.

 

Link to Ms Alannah MacTiernan talking in Federal Parliament about the Angkor Project and Morley Senior High School June 2015.

A list of current sister schools is available here.
A presentation of priorites of the project and what the fundraising has helped to provide is available here.
Photos from previous study tours are available here.
Map of Cambodia with Providence is available here.
Angkor Project newsletter 2013 available here.
 

 Water Fountain at Ang Phek Primary School. Drinking Fountain at Ang Phek Primary School.  Purchased via fundraising from students at Sawyers Valley PS.
 Book Shelves at Ang Satha Primary School Book shelves and flooring at Ang Satha Primary School.  Purchased via fundraising from students at Roseworth and Condingup PS.
Water Tank at Dey Krahurn Primary School Water Tank at Dey Krahurn Primary School.  Purchased via fundraising from students at Gidgegannup PS.
Toilet Block at Preah Beida Ekreach High School Toilet Block at Preah Beida Ekreach High School.  Purchased via fundraising from students at Morley SHS.


 

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