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Mock Sport Festival

Posted: February 19, 2010 in Children, SVA

Pouk, Siem Reap: Today after discussing with teachers and showing them some video clips, children were gathered under tree shades for mock sport festival. These sorts of sport activities are conducted annually in every primary school in Japan. We hope in the future, Cambodia will have our own version this sport activities too. Both children and teachers did have a very good time this afternoon. It is good for children to do it under the shades, but it means there is not enough light for action shots as I need fast shutter speed. We are gonna do it again tomorrow at the same place. As usual, here are some proofs.


Shanti 2009 Fall

Posted: October 21, 2009 in SVA

My photo was used for the cover of Shanti Magazine 2009 Fall.

Photos of SVA Cambodia

Posted: August 21, 2009 in Children, SVA

I have just uploaded more than 80 photos some how related to activities of my workplace, SVA Cambodia, to a new flickr account: These photos were taken during a period of less than a year after I got my D80.

090121SVA The above photo is one of them taken when I went to interview children working on the Steng Meanchey dumping site in September 2008 for my small research study.

Every weekday Ms. Dam Ma (42) wakes up at 4:00AM, heading off to the only school in her village. Yet the thatched kitchen is her place not the classroom. At the beginning of this school year, World Food Program (WFP) started the breakfast program at the school and she got the job as the school’s breakfast cook. To feed about 100 students, she normally consumes about 10 kg of rice, 5 kg of bean. For the dish, it has been always the same, canned fish broth. But if you ask the children how the food is, they would tell you how much they love it. Since now the school has planted water spinach, the children will be able to have some veggie added to their broth someday soon.

In return to her work, Ms. Ma receives 15kg of rice and 3 cans of canned fish monthly; but it is not what brought her to the job. Three out of her seven children are studying in the school. She is very happy that her children now can come to the school without empty stomachs. And this makes her proud to be a part of the program.

The WFP’s breakfast program has been proved a success. It has brought many children, especially of poor families, to schools. However, if I am not wrong, WFP neither has plan nor is not able to implement the project nationwide. Usually, they will stop the project after a few years and move to another schools. Sadly the enrollment rate would drop after the termination of the project. A WFP staffer used to tell me that WFP wants to deliver the message the government that if the breakfast provided, children would come to schools.

090603WFP1 Children holding their bowls and spoons waited for breakfast to be served. When I arrived at the school at 5:45, there were already some children came to school.

090603WFP2Ms. Ma serving breakfast to children. Of course, there is no queue.

090603WFP3Children enjoying their breakfast. Probably it is their best meal of the day.

090603WFP4Sharing the bowl. For those who do not own a bowl, what you need is a spoon and friend.

090603WFP5Looks like they were devouring in the forest. For sure, you cannot find fresher atmosphere for your breakfast anywhere here.

090206siemreap1Enjoying listening to storytelling inside the newly built library in Wat Chok Primary School, Siem Reap town.

090206siemreap2“Give me that Riel 500, or I will fasten your damn neck!!!” You should have had a more serious look, little boy.

090206siemreap3Welcome guests coming to the groundbreaking ceremony.

090206siemreap4Within this year, a three-room concrete building will replace this one-room thatch cottage. At Kril Pong Primary School, Sotr Nikum District of Siem Reap Province.

Not much different from last year, the 14th National Storytelling Contest, organized by Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) with financial support from JICA and in cooperation with Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, was held from 24-27 February 2009 at Phnom Penh Teacher Training College. This year 66 teachers and librarians were selected from 10 provinces and Phnom Penh city to take part in the contest.

This year’s champion was Ms. Tim Theary (23), a teacher from Koh Thkauv Primary School, a relatively big one with more than 400 students and 8 teachers in Choul Kiri district of Kampong Chhnang Province. She started her teaching career in 2007 soon after graduating from Teacher Training College of the same province where she is teaching. Theary has never been received training to be storyteller neither from SVA nor any organization or institute; however with her inborn talents and passion of role play, she teaches herself to a great storyteller. About one a week, Theary takes her students to school library and read them stories.

090301storytellingcontest1 Tim Theary, the Champion, with her original storytelling apron.

Theary picked up the Three Billy Goats Gruff, a famous Norwegian fairy tale, to contest for the championship, as she thought that she can use materials available at school to design her original storytelling apron for the story. That is much more intersecting than using the traditional picture books. With the combination of her ability to impeccably fluctuate her tones of voice and facial expression accordingly to story situation, Theary was nominated the best storyteller of 2009.

Even though being a champion, Theary modestly said that she wanted to improve her ability and knowledge about storytelling. “When I do something, I want to do it perfectly,” Theary talked after winning the trophy. “I have a dream of seeing other libraries either in Cambodian or outside to learn more about their activities that I do not know. As at my school’s library is very limited in term of books and materials, I am sure there are many more things I can learn.”

090301storytellingcontest21 Tim Theary with her trophy.

The Giant Turnip is a children fairy tale of Russian. Though our observation, it is one of the most popular stories among the children who have received library service from SVA. The below photos were taken at a Khna Phtol Primary School in Siem Reap after the inauguration ceremony of a school building supported by Sotoshu Tochigi International Volunteer Association (STIVA) and coordinated by SVA.

The Giant Turnip is a progressive story, in which a grandfather plants a turnip, which grows so large that he cannot pull it up himself. He asks the grandmother for help, and they together still cannot pull it up. Successively more people are recruited to help, until they finally pull the turnip up together

The Giant Turnip by SVA Library Instructor

The Giant Turnip by SVA Library Instructor

The Giant Turnip with more people helping to pull up the turnip

The Giant Turnip with more people helping to pull up the turnip

Even villagers were found it so funny and amusing

Even villagers were found it so funning and amusing