For some years now the OIGA has supported teachers from the village of Peak Sneng to attend University in Siem Reap. This is an on-going project and there is no doubt the impact of this support will be felt far and wide throughout the village.
Cambodia 2022 and beyond
It is with great pleasure that we announce a new initiative in 2022, a perpetual bursary for Ivanhoe students wishing to attend the Cambodia Service Program who otherwise would not be able to participate. A maximum of 4 bursaries will be awarded each year.
In doing so, the OIGA honours the vision of our former Principal, the late Rod Fraser who established the Cambodia Service Program in 2004.
In it he encapsulated the development of global citizenship and encouraged the spirit of service engendered in the Round Square IDEALS.
Srey pov khlot and khaden keo
In 2021 the OIGA Council committed to supporting the fees of two students from Peak Sneng to attend Build Bright University in Siem Reap
Srey Pov and Khaden, also known as Dan, commenced their studies in March 2021.
They have recently written to the OIGA telling us a little about themselves and how they are progressing with their studies. Their letters are below.
Hello my name is Srey Pov. I am 21 years old. I am studying at Build Bright University, majoring in Marketing Management and Business. I love this major because it offers many job opportunities to the undergraduate student and graduate student such as a sales manager, a sales representative, so on. More than that, my community needs a good marketing person to improve the marketing system and help local villagers to find better way to market their product, especially cash crop and livestock. I hope that in the short term future, I will be able to use my knowledge and skill that I learnt from university to develop my community and make a higher standard of marketing for my people through sharing and involving with the local farmers and local authority.
Khaden is 23 years old and from a farmer family.
He has two sisters and two brothers. His two brothers and one sister are married. His younger sister gave up on school and helps the family with farming.
He is the only person in his family that has the opportunity to study at university.
His father lost his leg during the civil war.
Their main income is from labour work and raising livestock, a few cows.
Khanden is the only student who is interested in studying Agriculture relating to animals.
His dream is to become a great farmer and he wishes to have his own farm in the future.
He hopes that his dream will come true and bring development to his home village through sharing his knowledge and help other local farmers to become skilled farmers like him.
Khaden is also working in a local mart in Siem Reap town.
He says that he really enjoy life as a university student and also able to work to make money to pay for his rent and his daily expenses. He also said that he sometime send money to his family because his boss gives food (that is close to the expired date) to him and his friends to eat so that he does not have to spend much money on food. He also shares a room with other friends who work in the same mart.
He said that study and work is going good except his English. He finds it hard to listen to his teachers and friends when they have classes online. He promised to do his best in all the classes.
43 years old, father of 4 and Principal of Peak Sneng Primary School since 1999. Sambath studied Educational Administration.
25 years old. Pahn is one of Peak Sneng’s best teachers and studied Khmer Literature.
28 years old and father of two. Nom studied Khmer Literature.
28 years old and father of three. Savait studied Khmer Literature.