The 1st of May, Mayday, is celebrated in some parts of the world including Cambodia. Of course with the current pandemic, (we know you are sick of hearing about it), things are a bit different but thankfully Pursat still has very few cases and people can still move around comfortably.
All front-line workers, including teachers and TukTuk staff, are in line for vaccinations in the coming weeks. Hopefully this will kickstart schools opening again and the sound of children's play blasting throughout Pursat and of course, lots of fun education and games.
Adrian & Mayu 🦘👘
TEACHERS PHONE SURVEY 📞
After the first COVID case in Pursat, there have been 10 cases by the end of April. It is sad that school closures are still going on, but TukTuk understands this and has changed its activities so they are more aligned with current events. We surveyed teachers and found out that online lessons are not a good idea for many Cambodian children because they don't have the internet or a suitable device. Worksheet distribution is better.
Yep, you guessed it! TukTuk is madly creating worksheets so the children in Cambodia can still get an education when their schools are closed. And it is great to hear the teachers tell us that we are supplying the tools they need in these hard times. Thanks to all the teachers who helped us with our survey and work hard for the children of Cambodia.
MORE DIGITAL RESOURCES 📝
Social distance is the new normal and the best way to do it is digitally. Since it is hard to hold workshops in person with teachers, we started making video workshops this month. The videos will guide teachers in the use of our teaching resources and allow them to continue their own studies in the downtime.
We have learnt from the Ministry of Education that Khmer and mathematics are the focus for distance learning. Therefore, we made it our priority to create worksheets for these subjects in order to help students succeed with their lessons. We've also provided educational offices and copy shops near each target district a copy of all resources to make hard copies available for teachers and parents to copy!
Are you wondering 'What kind of teaching materials TukTuk makes?'
Please check it out here ♪ We also have YouTube🙂
Khmer Word: Rikreay Thngai Kamnaet
This month's Khmer word is 'Happy Birthday'. Although birthdays are not traditionally celebrated and in fact most older people don't know their birthday, it is now catching on. Khmer people love to celebrate so it was an easy sell to start celebrating birthdays, especially with a big cake 🎂🍰
Khmer Food: Cheak Khteah (Bananas and pearls dessert)👇
WORKSHEET POSTS GO VIRAL👍
Did you know that we operate 2 facebook pages? We have one in the Khmer language for local Cambodians and of course our English one. (Not following? go on, we have some great things to share). One of our most recent posts has reached 100 shares on Facebook for teachers!!
As a result of this, teachers working in other provinces contacted us asking for worksheets. In April, 22 new members joined the Facebook group, (and May is shaping up to be 5x that number). That is amazing!
Feedback from the teachers has been equally amazing with many photos coming in of students happily studying away using TukTuk resources!!
VOLUNTUKER SPOTLIGHT | JESSICA
Jessica is a graphic design and animation professional from Argentina but currently living in Sweden. While she was looking for work, she decided to volunteer her services to a worthy cause and managed to find us.
And boy were we lucky she found us. Jess has had us on our feet getting work ready for her as she is so efficient. Besides helping with our worksheets, she has also been doing full animations for our books. They look amazing too. Thanks so much, Jess for being such a dedicated voluntuker.
We are currently looking for volunteers with the following skill sets to help TukTuk bring educational resources to Cambodia;