Tuk tuk theatre has partnered with BBC. No not the British news station but Building Bridges for Children who operate in Pursat. They run an interesting concept that is different to most NGO’s. You see they don’t just believe in helping the poor in Cambodia. They see only helping the poor they see it as a way of segregating the Cambodian people when we should be looking at more inclusive model. In recent times there has been an increase in middle class Cambodians who often miss out on the opportunities for education that the poor people get as they are not eligible to go to NGO supported schools and they are also not rich enough to go to private schools.
BBC run a system where every parent makes a contribution to the school for their kids to attend. This contribution differs depending on the wealth of the family and goes from 50c for the poorest kids up to $5 per month for the richer families. Not only does this help to fund the school making it more sustainable in the long run but by having parents contribute, it is changing the mindset about education. When you are given something you never value it as much as when you invest in it and it is this principal that BBC operates on. Also by having kids of every class working together it helps to build Cambodia as one and not segregated into the haves and have nots.
BBC was started by and is run by Cambodian people for Cambodian people and we are proud to work with them on achieving their goals. How are we going to do this?
Well for starters the school looks a bit drab. There are plenty of smiles which light up the building but we want it to look like a fun place that everyone wants to go to. We also want it to look like education is happening there because it is. We want to start by;
- Painting a Mural on the front of the school
- Adding bigger bins to contain the rubbish
- Putting totem poles in the gardens to add variety
- Upgrading the water fountain to be a water feature
- Creating more games for the kids to play in breaks
- Increasing the library facilities
- Creating stimulating class room features
- Making a recycling facility that is fun for the kids to use
Sounds like this will be expensive right? Well no. We think that we can be achieve most of this with volunteer help for as little as $500. Tuk Tuk Theatre has kicked in the first $100 to get the ball rolling but we would love all of our supporters contribute and help build this school into something better than it already is.
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