Mr. Togh is headmaster of the Volunteer Poverty Development Children's School, a position he took after the death of its co-founder and former headmaster Mr. Ratthana. This letter is an update of events in April:
I hope you are all well. It has been a month since I last sent out an email to all of you, but I and the children still think about and miss you very much.
An update of events that took place in April
During April we had our monthly examinations to check how students are are going with their English studies. We found the results very useful and now have a clearer understanding of what our students needs are. Some students did very well in the examination, which was pleasing, and others students made little progress identifying a need for support. Overall, I am very happy with the progress of the students.
Offering school supply.
After the students were given their examination results we had a big celebration of giving school supplies to the students. The students were very happy and grateful for the school supplies (Books, pencils, pens, English books, rulers, and color paper). Please see the photos I have attached.
Celebrating the Khmer New Year
From 14th – 16th April the school celebrated the Khmer New Year. Students and teachers danced and sang to traditional Khmer music and played other traditional Khmer games. This was a very enjoyable few days for the children and teachers and it was a great opportunity to come together as a school. Please see the photos I have attached.
School Garden and Painting
During April students and teachers came together for two school projects. The first was making a school garden. From cutting the grass, cleaning the school grounds, to planting flowers, this was a very enjoyable experience. The school garden has many flowers, a coconut tree, mango tree and some other unknown plants students brought from their homes.
Also our school librarian/artist Mr. Mali Vam, alongside our students, decorated our school walls with paintings of many beautiful things. The school paintings have created a refreshing and exciting environment for students and teachers. Again, please see the photos attached.
Many students are coming to read and borrow books from our library to read at home. The students can borrow the book for three days and this has proven positive in promoting English at home.
Teacher training class
Our teachers are also currently receiving teacher training from Australian Cambodian Education (A.C.E).
ACE is a well respected provider in English education in Siem Reap and Cambodia. I would like to say a special thanks to Anjana and Ainslie for your financial support in covering the course costs for our teachers. It is a great way to help the children to get a quality education and bright future with VDPCS.
Computer Teaching Program
The computer teaching program has been very successful. The students are very interested with their learning through the computer. We have had the computers for three months now and have supported over 130 students in learning English through a new and exciting medium. Each month a new 45 students will take part in the program.
Raining season is coming up very soon in Cambodia. Even now we are beginning to see the start of the rain. As you may know Cambodia only has two season, dry and wet! We have had several days with downpours, and as a result, students have not been able to make it to school. And sometimes even when they do make it, the school it is often too wet and noisy with the metal roof.
Right now we are looking for donations for grass and bamboo covers to be placed on the classroom roofs. At present when it rains, the sound of the rain hitting the metal roof is very loud, so much so that the teachers and students are unable to hear one another. The grass and bamboo roof will hugely decrease the amount of noise created by the rain.
Looking for Donations
We are reaching out for more support for the running of the school to provide the best education for our students. We would greatly appreciate any support you are able to give us to help with these projects. If you are able to support us, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone.
I am Togh Main, school director, and will do my very best to help the children get a quality education and bright future. We would love to give special thanks for your ongoing support of the poor children of Cambodia. Together, I know that we are creating a positive change in the lives of our children.
Lots of Love
Togh and Children