The Macquarie Group Learning Centre was officially opened by the son of the Cambodian Prime Minster, H.E General Dr Hun Manet, on May 27 – marking one of the most significant milestones in Sunrise history.
More than 200 residents from the Saang district, along with Government officials and representatives from Sunrise’s community partners gathered to watch Dr Hun Manet, H.E Nim Thot, Sunrise Founder and Country President Geraldine Cox and Chairman of the Australia Cambodia Foundation Kevin Tutt cut the red ribbon and presented the new facility to the public.
The Saang district is located an hour south of Phnom Penh, where many families live in severe poverty as farmers or garment factory workers. There are no preschools, high-schools, libraries or online learning resources in the area. The public primary schools are rundown, with few resources and do not have adequate toilets or clean water.
Prior to its opening, more than 300 underprivileged children from the villages near Sunrise in Phnom Penh had enrolled to attend the Khmer, English, IT and art lessons that are offered at the Learning Centre.
Enrolment numbers are expected to continue to increase in coming months as Sunrise expands its education program, with the aim of offering free, quality education to more than one thousand impoverished children.
The construction of the Macquarie Group learning Centre was sponsored by the Macquarie Group Foundation. Its operations will be funded by KrisEnergy Aspara.