The English Language program started in 2010 with one teacher and about a dozen students. Now we have four teachers and 250 students from grades 4-9. The students come voluntarily every day after school to learn English. Our four teachers conduct the hour-long classes in the Kaun Khlong Primary School. Chan Ngoeurn Theourm manages the program and is also one of the teachers. The students have access to a language lab/media center in the Siskowic Learning Center.
The program costs about $6,000 a year – not bad when you consider a child is learning English for just a little over $25 a year. English is critical in Cambodia. When students can speak English, they increase their chances of finding a good job and having a brighter future.
Language Lab/Media Center
Chan Ngoeurn Theourm was born in Kaun Khlong Village in 1985. He attended Kaun Khlong Primary School and Sangke High School. He graduated from the University of Management and Economics (UME) in Battambang with a degree in English. In addition to teaching, he also is the manager of the program and the Media Center. Before becoming an English teacher he was project manager for our clean water program.
Sitha Sor, born in Kaun Khlong, joined our program in October 2017. He is a third-year student at the University of Management and Economics in Battambang. He also teaches English at Bright Knowledge International School (BKIS) and was a volunteer English teacher for HDLF, an NGO in Battambang. At HDLF Sitha was in charge of the computer lab and taught computer skills. He is single and currently lives in Kaun Khlong Village.
Sreynich Hang, born in Battambang in 1999, is our youngest English teacher, joining our program in March 2018. Sreynich grew up in Kaun Khlong Village and graduated from Sangke High School in 2017. She is studying Management and Business at Build Bright University in Battambang. She is single and lives in Kaun Khlong Village.
Sameourn Rom is our newest English teacher, starting in May 2018. Born in Kaun Khlong Village in April 1991, Samouern graduated from Sangke High school in 2013 and the GDI Organization School in 2015. He also teaches English at the D-CAM school. In his spare time he likes reading books and listening to English language songs. He also likes playing volleyball and soccer.
Rambo Ly is an English teacher, but is currently on leave in Phnom Penh working on his high school teaching credential. He was born in Kaun Khlong Village in 1990 and grew up there. He graduated from Net Yang High School in Battambang in 2008. He has a graduate degree from Dewey International University, with a major in English Literature. In addition to his work with the Cambodian Village Fund, Rambo also teaches secondary school mathematics.
William E. Todd, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia
With improved English language skills, Cambodians will have more and better opportunities to compete in the job market.