An update on progress and growth at CFC schools
~ October 2016 ~
 
Congratulations to the Class of 2016 ~
CFC's first graduating high school classes!
 
CFC is proud to announce the graduation of the Class of 2016 from Aranh Sakor and Bakong High Schools, our first graduating class of students who have been enrolled in CFC schools from preschool through twelfth grade. Aranh Sakor opened as a brand new school in 2014, a direct result of the desire to provide students with a continuous path from junior high on through twelfth grade. It has been an example of CFC's dedication to high quality secondary education ever since. Bakong High School was integrated into CFC's school network in 2008 as an existing school serving students residing in the larger Bakong community.
 
These 400 high school students are graduating with academic knowledge and leadership experience as well as useful technical and inter-personal skills. National exam results underscore the value of a CFC education with CFC students earning an 82% pass rate compared with a national average of 62%. National exams are typically more difficult for those students from rural and impoverished communities, like in Siem Reap, making these results all the more impressive.
 
The Class of 2016 has high hopes for  pursuing further education, taking on responsibility and becoming contributing members of their communities. Many of our graduates will be pursuing additional studies or post-graduation vocational programs, including forty students who were awarded state scholarships. Four students received interest free loans from Oasis of Hope (OOH) to study at University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Started in 2015 by Eddie Chee (pictured below with recipients, parents and key CFC staff members), OOH helps these students with financial expenses, personal skill and technical skills development as well as supplemental conversational English classes.
 
Congratulations to the entire Class of 2016 -
we wish you every possible success!
Highlighting two successful graduates
While the successes of the Class of 2016 are many - big and small - we are pleased to profile two outstanding graduates who will no doubt soar to great heights in the future!

Graduate Sean Sal (at right) ranked number three in her class at Aranh Sakor High School and plans to attend university. She has learned so much during her time at school, namely how to create academic and life goals while learning important studying techniques that she can apply to her future. According to Sean, "success is not easy, but it is worth it." She is incredibly grateful to her parents, her greatest supporters, and to her teachers for their dedication and endless guidance.

"I could not imagine where I am today without my teachers. Teachers are like my second parents. School could not run properly if there were no teachers. They are the ones who guide the way to reach all students’ goals, and who make sure we absorb their knowledge no matter how hard it is to understand."

A familiar face for many volunteers and visitors, Chun Peik (at left) has been a CFC student since his beginning primary school days. At Aranh Sakor High School, he had an active role in Student Youth Council where he learned about leadership, teamwork and the value of communication. Looking back, Chun’s most memorable experience is when he first met CFC Founder Jamie Amelio as a young student and had to write some English words on his hand in order to talk with her. Now, he can speak English confidently. Chun has a keen interest in learning more about the world, and he is incredibly grateful for the useful skills he learned as a CFC student, especially in the Career Preparation and Life Skills programs. Chun is currently interning at CFC-affiliated Bridges Gallery while attending university in Siem Reap.
 
"A million thanks to CFC for always supporting us with a real education and useful skills. I have learned so many things and not just from course books."
 
Bravo to both of you -- we can't wait to see where you go next!
 

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