These five high school kids are students at one of the public schools serviced by The Ponheary Ly Foundation, the organization I’ll be moving to full-time starting in late August.
In the meantime, before my new job starts, I’m teaching a three-week English cram course with these five kids, focused specifically on English for media and blogging. I’m excited because this helps me get to know one of our schools and some of the students I’ll be working for.
These kids already used their communication skills to create a blog and change their world. A student production team led by Sen (on the left in the picture above) made this video in April and posted it to YouTube, inspiring someone in another country to fix the water well problem in Sen’s village.
This same student media team recently won first place and $10,000 after they entered a worldwide competition with a different video. Click here to see their winning video.
As things go in Cambodia, there’s a challenge to my new English blog class. During our first class this morning the government announced that as of tomorrow, the school is being shutdown until October because of fears about the spread of a disease that’s attracted international media attention on Cambodia.
Hopefully, we’ll have a new spot located for our class by tomorrow.