“My name is LEANG Channa. I am 22 years of age and from Phat Sanday commune, Kampong Thom province, Cambodia.
Growing up, my family was poor. I lost my father when I was 6 years old. I finished school at grade 8 and started fishing to support my family.
I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. I also lost another sister 3 years ago. As a child, I was a quiet girl and nervous to speak or raise ideas with people.
Everything has changed after my commitment and efforts especially my involvement with the Assisi project and Live & Learn Cambodia.
In 2012, Live & Learn came to my village and called for volunteers to teach a tuition class. I applied and sat the test to become a teacher. After I was selected was trained in teaching methods and child psychology.
I started teaching and also doing more research to develop my skills – especially building a good relationship with students and parents and other people in the community to urge them to encourage their children to come to class regularly.
Based on my commitment and teaching skills, I was selected as contractual non-formal teacher by the Government Department of Education Youth and Sport. The Department has also given additional teacher training.
Through these achievements, I am more confident to continue my journey, with strong support and motivation from my family and the community. Nowadays, not only children are joining the tuition class, but also adults who haven’t studied!
My students are so happy to study with me – and their parents are too when they see their children come to study every day. “
The Department of Education is now contributing to Ms Channa’s salary. A reflection of their support for our project and also ensuring long term sustainability of the tuition classes.