HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY🥰
March 8th is International Women's Day and at TukTuk, 4 out of 7 local staff and 90% of the educators we work with are women. So a big thank you to all the women in our organisation and education that has helped to educate our future generation.
Did you know in Cambodia, a man marries into a woman's family, and moves into the family household? So they are delighted when a girl is born as it means more helpers arriving to support the family unit. Women are a fundamental part of Cambodia, and similar to the rest of the world, help to keep the men in check 🤣
Adrian & Mayu 🦘👘
CLIP PROJECT WILL START IN FULL SWING✨
The CLIP project began in 2021, and a meeting was held in the middle of February to introduce the staff of PoE, DoE, and principals to the project. CLIP (Cambodian Literacy Integrative Project) targets eight kindergartens in two districts, and this introductory meeting also helped the officers and teachers to get to know TukTuk ensuring future collaboration.
Through these discussions TukTuk was able to understand the problems that schools currently face and work with them to come up with solutions. It also ensures that we are focused on their problems and not working in areas they haven't identified as needing support. We look forward to utilising some points brought up here in our workshop for teachers which will start this month. A big thanks to Rotary who are funding the project and BSDA who are the lead organisation in Cambodia.
CLIP 2 IN 2022... PART 1👩🏽🏫
At the same time that the CLIP project started, we also began preparing for the project for 2022. CLIP 1 only covers 1 year of funding, (it was cut down from 3 due to fundraising limitations), and as the application process is long, we already need to be applying for next year. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Calgary in Canada and the Rotary Club of Pursat in Pursat for continuing to support the preschools of Cambodia. (and of course TukTuk 😁).
Next years plan includes five more preschool's bringing the total to 13 schools, DoE staff in three districts, and PoE staff. Just like CLIP 1, we have been out in the schools doing community assessments to ensure that we deliver a program that is wanted, needed, and requested by the local community.
KHMER OF THE MONTH
Khmer Word: Srei / Pros
The 8th of this month is "International Women's Day". This month's words are "srei" meaning female and "pros" meaning male. Its a public holiday in Cambodia and celebrated by everyone. Of course this is lead by the mothers and wives that run the family households (^^)
Khmer Food: Pong Mean Dot (omelet snack)👇
CLIP 2 IN 2022... PART 2🧒🏽
In the community assessments, we asked not only the teachers but also the children attending preschools and their parents.
Many of the children seem to come to preschool every day looking forward to playing with toys with their friends and studying. Parents felt that it was good to let their children go to preschool to learn and loved to see the songs and dances learned at school as well as their progress with numbers and letters.
We also learned at some of the more rural schools, that attendance was more sporadic as the parents work far from home, making it difficult for the children to attend. We will be working with the teachers and parents to improve this situation.
VOLUNTUKER SPOTLIGHT | KEVIN
Child protection is important business for a children's charity and we are lucky enough to have had a specialist from the UK, Kevin Stych, volunteering with us over the past year on our Child Protection procedures.
Not only does this mean some changes to our current child protection policies but more in-depth child protection procedures and general people policies such as equal opportunity policies and strengthened hiring procedures for both Staff and Volunteers. A big thanks to Kevin for all of the hard work he has put in.
We are currently looking for volunteers with the following skill sets to help TukTuk bring educational resources to Cambodia;