When you are the star player of one of Cambodia’s best soccer teams, watching a new soccer field be built at your school, then being told you’re not allowed on the pitch for another few weeks until the grass starts to grow is nothing short of torture!
But for the students at Trapeang Trauk Primary School, that is just what they’ve had to do for the past two weeks as Sunrise staff worked with local builders to put the finishing touches on the school’s soccer field and the newly renovated classrooms, bathrooms and kitchen facilities.
As part of Sunrise’s Community Development Program in Kampong Speu, Sunrise has partnered with Trapeang Trauk Primary School and is working with staff and the school’s wider community to increase the quality of education and overall learning experience.
While the students will have to wait a few more weeks until the field will be ready for its maiden soccer match, Sunrise was proud to welcome the first intake of students to its English classes which began on October 1.
Sunrise Kampong Speu Provincial Operations Manager, Hem Tola said the English classes will have four levels – pre-beginner, beginner, elementary and pre-intermediate – to cater for the learning ability of each student. All students who take part in the classes will be provided with books and stationary, free of charge.
When the Khmer school year resumes on October 15, Tola said Sunrise’s English class will complement the Khmer education and curriculum offered at Trapeang Trauk Primary School.
Sunrise’s Community Development Projects in Kampong Speu continues to go from strength to strengths. Tola and teacher Mey Socheat have conducted a number of meetings with the residents of the Prambey Mum Commune to explain each of the programs Sunrise will be offering over the next five years (including housing, health, education and capital works) and how the programs will help both individual families and the community as a whole.
Two families from the commune have been listed as potential candidates for Sunrise’s Community Housing Program, while the region’s pilot water cleaning program started in early October.