It’s about learning environments.
You can teach, coach or mentor in the one of three arenas: (1) The Health Literacy Advisor program, (2) The Green Connection Centers; or (3) The economic capacity-building program, working especially with village girls and women to assist them in starting new village-based businesses.
Teaching & Learning Services
What is the village teaching and learning environments typically like in rural Cambodia?
It varies; but, in general, the availability of Khmer teachers is limited in numbers, so the students-to-teacher ratios remain higher than desirable; the available Khmer teachers are deeply dedicated to their profession, which is part of The Khmer Way’s dedication to children; the classrooms are without technologies that Western classrooms take for grants, and few have WiFi access; a large population of students cannot afford to attend school as they are income generators for their families; and home schooling does not exist, for the most part, as the older generations are illiterate, due to the influence of the Khmer Rouge regime’s impact on education.
Why Village Learning Centers?
First, VLCs infuse additional non-Khmer teachers into the mix. Secondly, VLCs emphasize engaged teaching and learning practices, to stimulate learning and encourage inter-generational education. Lastly, over the long-term, if village children can learn computers…this is a HUGE challenge due to the lack of electricity, computers, networking, WiFi – the entire enchilada!
Does The Community write teaching and learning grants?
Yes, in the educational arena, The Community writes grants in the fields of ESL/TESOL, Healthy Learning in the Home; Math, Science, Engaged Learning, Khmer Pedagogy and Andragogy.
All grants research and writing in which The Community participates need to be sustainable and replicable – therefore the targeted beneficiaries are under the umbrella of Global Pan-Asian Engagement Grants, with special emphasis placed upon the mainland Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Most grants are designed for submission on behalf of the Children’s Health and Rural Education (CHAR) Consortium or in conjunction with a core of partnering sister-universities.
Principal investigators usually are from the partnering organizations, and can be resident within their homeland or in Cambodia – depending on the circumstances of the grant-in-question. Indirect costs and fiscal responsibilities and financial accountabilities rest with the partner, Omprakash, an exempt 501c3 not-for-profit which also facilitates The Community’s donation programs. There are three types of Grant Solicitations in which The Community has interest: