Cambodia: Graduates and Growth!

We have wonderful news to share from the Cambodian education program we support with our partner John Givonetti Giving (JGG). The first nine student volunteer teachers – who started with the program when they were in middle school – have graduated from university. These students worked as student teachers throughout their high school years, volunteering every day after school and on weekends to teach younger students English. They also worked full time while attending university. All of them now work in the private sector — for travel companies, hotels, micro-finance institutions, private schools, and other organizations. We are so proud of these students who worked so hard to achieve their dreams of earning a college degree!

As we celebrate the program’s first college graduates, seven high school graduates recently started university in Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh and Pursat – and 24 ninth and 10th graders just finished their training to be student volunteer teachers. These new student teachers will be busy, as the number of students learning English in the JGG program reached a record high of 977 students earlier this fall.

To accommodate this growth, JGG opened a new 1200-square-foot learning center in Romlech, one of three locations from which the program operates. This new learning center provides a place for student volunteer teachers to receive ongoing training in English teaching and computer skills. It’s also open for use by the local community.

Well done, JGG!

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