Posted on May 05, 2018

Sherborne Qatar School is delighted to announce that it will be working with United World Schools (UWS), a partner organization of Education Above All (EAA) Foundation's programme, Educate A Child (EAC), to support the Som Roung School in northeast Cambodia, where the ‘Southeast Asia School Development Project for OOSC’ is being implemented.

This project aims to increase the number of children deprived of education to have access to primary education in remote areas, where there are no schools within 2 ½-hour walking distance. According to UNESCO data, there are approximately 63 million primary-level out of school children (OOSC) worldwide, and therefore EAC programme is partnering with global, international and local organizations to provide quality education for marginalised and vulnerable children deprived from schools who are victims of war and natural disasters, and people in areas of extreme poverty.

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Leakhana, a local actor, has walked to households within the locale of Som Roung to encourage families to allow their children to attend school. The support and buy-in of the target community is indispensable to UWS’ approach to education interventions without which, the organization cannot proceed with project implementation. After the Som Roung community voted unanimously in favour of this initiative, the village chief commented that, ‘Education will transform the future of our community’. At Sherborne Qatar, community service is a hallmark principle – pupils should not only have an understanding of others but should try and do something positive to help those who do not enjoy the same privileges as them and understand the mechanics of how that help is given.

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Sherborne Qatar seeks to raise US$10,000 to employ three teachers at the Som Roung School and Cambodian regional authorities have agreed to reciprocate. Sherborne Qatar’s parent-teacher association (PTA) has already made a generous, initial donation and commenced various fund-raising activities that will take place across the school throughout the year. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and form tutorials will explore the issues involved and appropriate age-level pupils will make direct contact with their counterparts in Som Roung.

All news received from the Som Roung School will be shared with the Sherborne Qatar community. In due time, Sherborne Qatar staff and pupils will visit Som Roung to see first-hand what is happening on the ground and offer appropriate support.