- Andoung Meas is a district at the east of Banlung with a big population of Cambodian ethnic minorities where education is seen as a luxury.
- We are going to support the initiative of a Don Bosco past pupil who thinks he must do something for his own people. He opened a school at his own home.
- The children and youth are Jarai, Kreng, Tapung and Khmer from the nearby villages.
- We need to create a dormitory for children coming from very far villages, so they can attend the public school and receive a complementary education with Thit Rochom.
Rochom Thit is a Jarai, a Cambodian ethnic minority based mostly in Ratanakiri Province, 700 kilometers at the north of Kep. In July 2014 he finished social communication & journalism at the Don Bosco Technical School (Don Bosco Hatrans). Different to many Cambodian youth looking for better opportunities in big cities like Phnom Penh, he thought on his own people and other Cambodian ethnic minorities of his own province. Working in a local NGO, he asked his parents to dedicate a piece of his land to create one of his dreams: a school for children and teenagers.
Being a past pupil of the Don Bosco education, Thit applies the rules and methods he learnt in two years in Kep such as formative lessons besides the English and Khmer courses for children from 6 to 15 years old. Most of the children attend the public school of Andoung Meas District, a region at the east of Banlung with a population of more than 2 thousand persons. But the school is not enough, since the problem of teachers remains difficult. “Many come to the region, but then return to their own provinces, others teach, but many times they are absent trying to get extra incomes in plantations… so children get a very low education,” said Thit.
From left to right: Electrical, Hospitality, IT and Social Com. teams during the Don Bosco Football Cup 2014-2015.
Don Bosco Kep students participating in the rice harvest this month in Kompong Trach. 90% of our students come from rural areas. Learning a skill at Don Bosco Kep help them to improve their standard of life. Photos by Asmath FC.
- The governor asked Don Bosco to establish a superior center of studies for the region.
- He underlined the importance of Don Bosco as a model of education.
- Kep Province needs more skillful personnel and Don Bosco is a good opportunity for many youth.
- The visit was a Christmas greetings.
A delegation of teachers of our Don Bosco Technical School (Don Bosco Hatrans) visited the Governor of Kep Province, H.E. Ken Satha, to give our thanks for his support during this year 2014. H.E. Ken Satha has given a lot value to our educative project in Kep Province since 2011, underlining the importance of the Don Bosco Technical School and the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund for the good of the children and youth of the region.