A busy start to the school year
Since the November 1st start of the 2014-2015 academic year, CFC teachers, staff and administration have been working hard to welcome students back to school routines and introduce several new programs that augment aspects of our existing curriculum. Take a look at the highlights of the year so far!
Echoed throughout all of our preschools, students and their mothers in the Spien Chreav Amelio community have enjoyed dynamic sessions of storytelling and reenactment with the positive encouragement of Preschool Coordinator, Melea (below with students).
The focus of CFC's preschool program is to support mothers by giving them knowledge and resources that they might not have received from their own families. It also encourages them to focus on their children's development at home. Lessons learned at a CFC preschool can have a positive impact that ripples through the entire community.
Cold Storage provides new shoes and big smiles
Hundreds of CFC students were the proud recipients of a new pair of shoes as they began the new school year. Shoes were purchased with funds raised at the Cold Storage Kids Run and Pledge-a-Shoe event held in Singapore last May. This is the second year that CFC has received support from this wonderful and generous event. Principals and teachers identified students needing shoes and now these CFC students have new shoes to help them walk to and from school every day.
Thank you Cold Storage!
The first ever hand-washing celebration took place on December 3rd at Bakong Primary School. Despite torrential rain, parents and grandparents joined their children to listen to CFC health team trainers reinforce the practice and benefits of proper hand-washing. We are proud to have our health staff who do an incredible job of keeping our communities informed of how to stay healthy. We are pleased to welcome health educator, Chhim Sotherith, who recently joined the CFC team (from left to right in photo: Chhim Sotherith, Chat Lina and Im Uom). All those who attended the presentation also received a hygiene kit to encourage the practice of healthy habits at home.
Health in CFC classrooms: Breaking new ground
CFC nurses Im Uom and Chat Lina facilitated the first every sexual education class for students in tenth and eleventh grades with topics addressing puberty and sexual and reproductive health. Seventy-nine students participated in the sessions and feedback was positive with an interest in further sessions being incorporated in the health curriculum.
Celebration - Gender Equity!
This month's activity in support of our Gender Equity program at Aranh Sakor High School and Bakong High School brought both female and male students together. By fostering interaction, the intention is that girls and boys can learn to value and respect each other. Students were encouraged to visualize their future through discussions and group exercises. A metaphor of a tree with branches and leaves was used to show that in their everyday lives students can work hard with strong intentions to succeed no matter how strong a wind might blow or a branch might bend. With effort and focus, they are capable of amazing things in life. As a symbol of the discussion, students worked in teams to create posters of trees that will hang on classroom walls as reminders.
English Writing Workshops
Students from Aranh Sakor and Bakong High Schools participated in a unique English language writing workshop facilitated by Sue Guiney
, founder of Writing Through Cambodia
). This organization seeks to improve English fluency (written and spoken) and to enhance individual self-esteem by encouraging students to believe that their own thoughts and feelings have value and are worth expressing.
The workshop's theme was 'CHANGE'.
Student writings were based on discoveries made during discussions led by Ms. Guiney covering topics of time, weather, family, environment,
government and exploration. Students wrote poems and short stories written in English and shared them with their peers and CFC faculty and administration. Ms. Guiney was able to provide each student with valuable guidance and feedback, and the workshop was met with rave reviews from students and faculty alike. Student works will be shared via CFC communications portals over the next several months.
"The students were fun, hard-working, intelligent young adults and it was my privilege to get to know them," commented Ms. Guiney, photographed at left with a group of CFC student writers.
Thank you Sue Guiney!