2020 may have been the year that we refined our focus and adapted to changes brought on by Covid-19, but we’re happy to report that even amidst the chaos, Tuk Tuk doubled down on resource creation.
We launched our book series on Kindle, including the recently published “Teeny Tiny Monsters.” We’ve also created 57 activities, 18 worksheets coupled with 30 instructional videos, 120 illustrations, 19 songs in mp3 format, and 13 songs on video.
Each day, we get closer to our mission of bringing education to all.
With the start of a new year, we’ve taken these efforts a step further. We’re only a few months into 2021, and already we’ve made huge strides towards achieving our goals.
This year, we’re assessing our impact within the community, optimizing our technology for teachers, creating more resources, and expanding our school partnerships so we can reach more students.
Check out these goals in action below!
We’re expanding our impact to reach more teachers and students, but we’re taking the time to make sure we do it right. By getting a full 360-degree view of our impact within the community, we can make sure each new effort is aligned with the needs of those we serve.
Our impact assessments will be completed throughout 2021, and we’ll be surveying Cambodia’s Department of Education, teachers, parents, and students. Through each survey we will gain unique insight into how our resources, technology, and training impacts early childhood education in Cambodia.
We will use the information we receive through impact assessments and from feedback during teacher workshops to continually improve the digital library and optimize user experience.
Lauren, a UX Designer who works on Amazon’s Alexa, is helping us combine best practices in design with the real-life application of our digital library. We have already implemented features, such as search filters and a scrollable structure. We also made sure all titles and navigation are in Khmer, as this makes it easier for teachers to use the digital library.
Moving forward, we’ll continue to hold monthly UX Design interviews with teachers to discuss their experience utilizing the digital library and resources.
We provide teachers with curriculum-aligned resources that are made available on the digital library. This may include books, activities, worksheets, songs, or music videos.
This year, our goal is to complete 6 resource packages, which will cover 60% of the curriculum.
Not only will we be providing more resources, we’ll also be expanding our reach to 5 more schools in 2021! This will bring us to 13 schools in total.
To do so, we will host workshops at each of the schools to introduce teachers to the resources and digital library. These introductory workshops will be followed by additional training sessions, which empower educators to practice teaching with the tools and ask any questions they may have.
This goal is approaching completion. In late 2020, we hired a full-time project manager to work on-site in Pursat, Cambodia.
We also plan to fully implement project management tools to create more efficiency. Our goal for 2021 is to get the full staff on Asana. We’ll use this tool to break down our goals into smaller tasks and track their completion.
We’d like to engage more with educators, parents, or individuals across the globe, who are passionate about equality and equitable access to education. We know there are many people out there who believe as we do: every child deserves an opportunity to learn.
In Cambodia, far too many students are unable to enjoy and supplement their education with books, music, or activities in their language. Access is extremely limited.
By joining us in community, we can bring more resources to these students
Volunteer Your Skills – We’re always looking for skilled volunteers who can lend a hand remotely. Specifically, we’re in need of front and back-end developers, voice recorders, and/or digital marketers with Google Ads experience.
Utilize Our Resources – Many of our educational resources are available in both Khmer and English. Teachers or parents from across the globe who would like to educate young minds in both languages are encouraged to use our resources! You can find them on Amazon, and soon they will also be available on Etsy and TeachersPayTeachers. All proceeds from these sales go directly to funding our programs in Cambodia.
Join the Krousah! – We recently launched an online community of supporters, known as the “Krousah,” which in Khmer means “a united family.” Krousah members commit to a minimum monthly donation of $3 and gain access to a private online community, ongoing charity updates, and global relationship-building opportunities.
Stay tuned! We’ll be sharing in-depth updates on the goals above throughout the year.