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Unprecedented number of primary kids want to go on to 6th Grade!

Last year, we built Kauk Prech school in Cambodia and we implemented the ‘We Can Read, We Can Write’ program to improve literacy rates. The impact on the student body has been truly amazing.

Right now, all the 6th graders are saying they want to continue on to 7th grade, which is the start of middle school. This is unprecedented, as there is normally a high dropout rate in most villages: although 83.2% of students complete 6th grade*, only 31.9% enrol in middle school*. The results at Kauk Prech have been so good that the middle school is no longer big enough to accommodate the number of children from this school and other schools in the region, so we are now planning to build four extra classrooms in the middle school.

Statistics are important, but behind those numbers there are stories of real lives that have been changed, such as 11-year-old Choeun Sophea, a 6th grade girl from Kauk Prech who won first place in a reading competition from all the schools in the entire province. This is huge, as Kauk Prech, situated in a remote district village, was previously a very derelict and poor performing school.

Choeun won a bicycle, a water filter, a school bag, a dictionary, and five dollars cash. She wants to become a teacher.

Choeun learned through using a tablet; TRAC (the model for ‘We Can Read,  We Can Write’); borrowing storybooks from the library; and joining the reading contest at school. She plans to
continue her education by attending Svay Check Secondary School.

All the schools in the Banteay Meanchey province where Kauk Prech is located were recently evaluated by the provincial education department for good school management, quality teaching practices, and community involvement. Kauk Prech ranked second highest in the whole province! The transformation of the school has been so stunning that a major international charity worked together with Samaritan’s Purse to bring principals from schools all over the province to Kauk Prech for an exposure visit, to see what is happening at this school so that other schools can benefit from the experience. Another well-known charity will be visiting Kauk Prech soon.

We are very thankful to the Lord for these amazing results. This proves to us that although Cambodian people are often desperately poor, they have a deep desire to help themselves and generally take full advantage of the assistance given by us through the great generosity of our supporters.

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