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. Rambo 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 better job and making a brighter future.
Language Lab/Media Center
Rambo Ly is the manager of our English Language Program and also teaches two English classes each weekday. 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.
Rambo is currently on leave in Phnom Penh working on his high school teaching credential.
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 manages 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.
Vanny Samnang, born in Prey Touch Village in 1994, is our newest English teacher, joining our program in November 2017. He is also a volunteer English teacher at Moung Russey AP, where he also works in community development, promoting hygiene and facilitating meetings. Vanny graduated from Sangke High School in 2013 and is studying Horticulture at the University of Battambang. He is single and lives in Prey Touch Village. He likes to read in his spare time.
Teachers Having Fun
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.