New Pathways for Education in Cambodia

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Cambodia needs our help.

My wife ZoeAnna and I are retired from public school and nursing professions And are now serving as missionaries in Cambodia. Our pathways program is Phase One (grades on to six) of an online educational initiative that is aimed to create a STEAM based educational system. This program will

  1. provide a pathway for those who have dropped out of school and to
  2. provide educational resources for the public school system and
  3. provide community resources for the children in remote villages.

It is our prayer that this program will provide a future and a hope for the Cambodian children and their families.

Why is this needed?

Several decades ago the genocide of the Khmer rouge left Cambodia in desperate need to rebuild their education system. The focus of the genocide was against those who were educated which included the teachers and all of those in the education system. We have spoken to many survivors of those dark days and they all recall that after the Khmer rouge was removed from power those who had any education at all would gather the children under a tree to teach them the basics of Reading writing and math. At that time that was the extent of their education system.

Even though, from the days of teaching under the trees, Cambodia has made awesome strides in rebuilding their education system, the dropout rate is still extremely high. 85.5% of those who start first grade dropout before they finish the 12th grade and take the national exam. The primary reason for the dropout rate is the generational systemic poverty. Many parents cannot afford to send their children to school, even though public school education is intended to be free in the country. Also, many parents depend upon their children to provide help to support the family. Many of the poorest families encourage or require the children to drop out. We have met young adults in their late twenties an early thirtys who have dropped out. Some as early as grade two. And some not even entering the education system at all. And these are the families that struggled desperately to make enough money on a daily basis just to have a meal each day. They are the most vulnerable because their need is so desperate.

Many fall victim to atrocities such as human trafficking. Just a year ago a non-profit from Australia did a study and found that over 260,000 Cambodians are enslaved in human trafficking in Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. It is their poverty that makes them vulnerable for those types of traps.

Education is the first line of defense against systemic poverty. It creates the value of Education that is passed on from generation to generation. It opens the doors to a higher quality of life. And with our program, many Cambodian families will find a pathway to continue their education without quitting their job. With a better education they can then build a new future for themselves and their families and not remain the cheap unskilled labor force of Asia.

Right now our little team is about 35%complete filming the primary school curriculum lessons using the education curriculum already existing in Cambodia. We also add many STEAM components to increase value and strength to the education system.

For the past year my wife and I, along with a small group of friends and family, have supported our teachers and staff with a small income. But now we need your help to complete Phase One of this program.

Phase One focuses on all the core curriculum grades 1-6 as well as developing the STEAM content. This phase also includes the development of our smartphone apps and web hosting. It also includes the fees necessary for government approval.

Phase Two will focus on the middle school curriculum which is grades 7 , 8, and 9. Phase Three will focus on the high school curriculum for grades 10 11 and 12. Phase Four will build the distribution methods as well as the mentoring and support of the program in the community.

We pray that your hearts are touched by the needs of the Cambodian people and we ask that you will help us and invest in their lives and future.

Thank you so much for considering supporting our program.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 14, 2021
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  • Anonymous
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 14, 2021
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 06, 2021
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  • Karen Knight
  • Donated on Dec 03, 2021
  • Sharing giving gifting blessing the best way to imitate God.

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