Shining Future

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Photo by: Uncle Thon

As education plays an essential role for children’s future, right to education has been protected by both international and domestic laws. In reality some children are sent to school while some are not able to fully access to right to education yet. Children are encouraged to go to school to seek for knowledge by their parents because their parents aware of education values, whereas some parents don’t know or ignore its importance. At the same time, minority of poor parents, who are not able to afford their lives properly, can’t send their children to school even they desire to do so.

The pictures above illustrate one tutor class in Kandal Province. The class was about grade 7 Mathematics, and because it is an extra class they have to pay teacher for 20,000 Riels (approximately $5) per months. Parents sometimes owe the payment, but their children still come to class, and teachers still teach them as usual. This kind of situation occurs as a result of understanding. Teachers said they cannot send students back home while those children try very hard to come to class. Teachers further told that they have no choices beside waiting until students’ parents have money to pay or teachers often insist them to pay if there is no payment for 2 or 3 months. Some students comes from poor family, but they are outstanding, so teachers cannot leave them out.

Knowing that poverty is an obstacle for smart and talent students bursts me into tear; however, seeing them smiling while studying gives me a feeling of joy, and a high hope of their bright future. Though this, although poverty give them a hard time to access to education, but I believe that understanding and encouragement, which come from family, society, and especially from teachers, are probably play as a sharp sword for those children to fight against that monster (poverty), and found their shining future.


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  1. Can you explain why it is considered an extra class? Math is not included in the normal school day?

    Thanks for writing and keep up the good work.


    • Of course, math is the compulsory subject in normal school. The extra class I mentioned above is not involved in normal school, but it is the class that is created by group of students who want to learn more deeply, for example math subject, than what they learn in normal class. Also, sometimes the extra class is created by teachers because the salary that they got from school is not enough, so teachers make extra class in order to earn more money to support their families.
      I am not criticizing, but I honestly speak what I used to see and experience during my high school life. At that time, some teachers tended to neglect in their teaching during normal class, but they tried hard to teach in their extra class. For this reason, students who desired to learn more have to spend their money to go to extra class. I think that there might not have such class in western countries; however, Cambodia does.


      • That’s really fascinating to hear about this system. However, it’s interesting to hear that parents are willing to invest this extra money for better education for their children. Looking forward to more posts about life in the rural areas.


    • If you are not sure about my explanation please feel free to ask 🙂


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