Highlight on Gender Equity Program
Launched in December 2013 at both the Aranh Sakor and Bakong campuses, the Gender Equity Program (previously known as Female Advisory Program) aims to provide additional support to female students at the middle and high school levels. Under the thoughtful guidance of Chok Sopheak and Hem Kak, each campus maintains a small building where the girls can feel safe to come and seek support and advice, and conducts regular activities for the girls. The ultimate goal is to encourage, enable and empower girls to remain in school through high school graduation.
In the Fall of 2014, we asked the program leads to create a culturally relevant and insipring theme for their classrooms. At the Aranh Sakor campus, the chosen theme was of light breaking through darkness, symbolizing education breaking through cycles of poverty and despair (at right).
At Bakong campus, elaborations on a well-known Cambodian saying - "a leaf doesn't fall far from the tree” - extended the analogy to the potential of that leaf when it is caught by a force like wind, or, in this case, a students' education and perserverance. Painted on the Bakong building's wall is a mural of a tree, and dangling leaves hang from the ceiling on which each student has written a dream of what they dare to achieve and become.