School returns at Ol Thom after Khmer New Year, May 2015
UWS Ol Thom School is fully open and running well.
This has meant improving the library as well as adding another community teacher as the number of children attending the school has increased. We now have three community teachers and one government teacher. We have been visiting classrooms at Ol Thom and giving the teachers feedback to continue to improve the quality of teaching in the school.
Ol Thom has been brought to life through the support of the British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) – who sponsored the first year of operation – and The Tiffin Girls’ School, who are now partnered with Ol Thom. The future of the school is in good hands.
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September 2014 update – the building of our 19th school will begin
The land has been cleared, the wood has been cut and, as soon as the rains cease, the building of our 19th school will begin. Thanks to the support of the British & Foreign School Society (BFSS), UWS Ol Thom School is set to open in October for the new academic year.
Already, students from UWC Atlantic College have run a very successful project in Ol Thom. The community has also received a visit from Chris Outram, UWS Chairman, who attended a whole village meeting. There were handshakes and smiles all round!
As a new project, there remains a lot to be done. Plans for the school include installing solar power to enable evening classes and community meetings; building a community well to ensure a reliable and safe water supply; constructing a toilet block to promote good hygiene; and providing teacher accommodation in the form of an on-site house. We will also be equipping all students with their own UWS school bag, containing an exercise book, basic stationery and crayons for drawing.
Alongside building these facilities, we need to support the families of Ol Thom to develop the habit of attending school. This way, UWS Ol Thom School will become central to village life, ensuring community ownership and a sustainable future. Another exciting development here is the partnership between UWS and Yorn Dany, a member of the Lumphat district authority, who will oversee educational development at UWS Ol Thom School.
UWS Ol Thom School Specific Improvement Priorities, 2014/15
The school budget for 2014/15 is $8,000.
All figures shown are in US $.
- Solar installation – $750
- Community well – $2,000
- Toilet block – $1,500
- Teacher accommodation – $4,000
- Individual schools bags and stationery @ $2 per student – $500
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