We’ve continued to follow the group of eight Australian teachers as they made their way through Cambodia, got to grips with the education system and burrowed further into what makes the SeeBeyondBorders programme to special.
After a hectic week in Phnom Penh and Battambang our teacher team head into Siem Reap to work with the SeeBeyondBorders team in the Angkor Thom.
Mandy from the team told us she was thrilled they managed to fit in some sight-seeing at the incredible ‘Temples of Angkor’. A life-long dream for her and some of the others on the trip.
The team see the temples
The journey continues in Angkor Thom district where SeeBeyondBorders has worked since 2014.
Melissa from the team told us that the days spent in Angkor Thom were incredibly inspiring. She said:
“There is huge contrast between my life and the villages of Angkor Thom. Within minutes from the bustling town of Siem Reap there are villages with no electricity and limited facilities, so the hotel pool has become a little less inviting.
“The teachers in Angkor Thom were a little younger than last week and took a little longer to warm up. However the children running around the school buildings were just as inquisitive.
“The one thing that will stay with me forever is a conversation we had with our project manager: a highly intelligent, caring, family man with two children. He told us electricity had recently been connected to his village and he received his first ever bill. He wrote out the kW usage as an algebraic equation and said he can see for the first time there is a pattern. He then said he doesn’t want any other child to have to wait until they get to his age to understand patterning; the work we are doing is crucial.
“I am but a small part of the legacy that SeeBeyondBorders
is creating in Cambodia. I am so humbled to be here.”
SeeBeyondBorders award-winning work is helping to work with teachers on news skills to enhance their teaching methods so children in Cambodia have access to a better quality of education.