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We’re going back to Cambodia in a couple of weeks.  Lots of people ask us ‘What do you actually do when you visit Cambodia?’  Well, its really hard to describe, but this time one of the many things we’re doing is attending a ‘Teaching workshop”.

One of the very successful programmes our team in Cambodia has developed is a programme of monthly teaching workshops for developing teachers' skills. These workshops have proved to be very successful.  So much so that School Directors from both supported and unsupported schools and staff from the District and Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Education in Cambodia also attend them. The workhops are part of the Trust's push to improve the quality of teaching in the schools we support.  Teachers in Cambodia generally have been exposed to a very limited range of teaching skills and knowledge, and have hardly any resources to use for their teaching.  Traditionally, teaching has been centred around chanting and rote learning.  The Trust's workshops aim to give teachers skills in child-centred teaching, problem solving, critical thinking, using natural resources for teaching, fun methods of teaching, etc.

 

It's fantastic when we see the results of the workshops as we visit the schools.  Even better is when we see change in schools that we don’t support yet, because the teachers have heard about the content of the workshops and changed their practice, or the School Director has been to the workshop and handed the knowledge down to his or her team. 

 

So it's not depressing going to Cambodia; it's exciting, and rewarding, and humbling.  And it's thanks to all our donors that we can implement programmes like the teaching workshops.

As the weather gets warmer here in NZ and families begin to gather together in homes to celebrate family and this special time of year we wanted to introduce one of the families that made a big impact on us during a home visit on our November trip to Cambodia.

Would you donate your tax refund to us, so as your donation can go even bit further?

The Cambodia Charitable Trust has donee status, so one third of your total donation is tax deductible. 

To you and me it’s loose change, but in Cambodia $2.50 is the monthly allowance given by the Education Department for a teacher trainee for all toilet necessities, food , travel and clothing .

If it doesn’t sound like enough, that’s because it isn’t. Students often share overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in order to gain the skills their country so desperately needs.

The Cambodia Charitable Trust supports 40 teacher trainees by subsidising the Education Department allowance with an additional $40 a month per student. But we need your help with this. Why?

What CCTNZ is doing to help Education in Cambodia

While in Cambodia visiting the schools, Nadia Lim interviewed our Country Manager and we have three videos for you to watch.

Nadia Lim is in Cambodia for the first time as an ambassador for the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

A year after her father died, celebrity chef Nadia Lim is honouring his legacy fulfilling his plans to help the underprivileged in Cambodia.

Her father Ken had visited Cambodia twice with wife Julie, and had a passion for helping the underprivileged escape poverty through education.

We have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in Cambodia. This MOU was signed in 2012 and relates to our original 8 schools and the 2 Teachers Training Colleges (referred to as pedagogical schools in the report). The term of the MOU is three years. At the end of the three years we have an audit conducted by the MoEYS inspectorate staff.

CCT has been supporting Krangsnay School for a few years now and the progress has been great, thanks to the team of Kiwis who sponsor the school.

Former Telecom chief executive Theresa Gattung has had a long career collating, interpreting and communicating numbers. And she’s a woman who understands the value of the dollar better than most! Now, she’s hoping one particular number – 480 – will prompt Kiwis to dig deep.

Fashion show to raise money for Denise Arnold's Cambodian Trust

Tauranga lawyer and founder of Cambodia Charitable Trust Denise Arnold left everything in 2007 to see how she could help children living in extreme poverty in Cambodia. Today, her work supports 4700 bright-eyed children. She just keeps on pushing on.

We invite you to be a part of a journey to support the Cambodia Charitable Trust through an evening of fashion, dance, music and a charity auction.

Get a group of friends together or make it part of your end of year break up. Click here to buy tickets.

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