The Challenge of Teaching Cambodia's Indigenous Children

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The Challenge of Teaching Cambodia's Indigenous Children

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:55 pm

January 18, 2019
When the student becomes the teacher
A teacher trained to teach children in their native language, is making a positive impact on keeping indigenous children in school and completing their studies. James Elrington profiles Chea Lach, one of two teachers at Kres Primary school in Poy Commune, Ochum district, Ratanakiri Province.

For many children, school can be a daunting place. But for those children who don’t understand the language their teacher speaks, it can prevent them from going to school altogether.

There are thousands of indigenous children in Cambodia, mainly in the north-eastern provinces, where there is low preschool enrolment, high drop-out rates and many students repeating grades. But teachers like Chea Lach, who are trained to teach children in their native language, are making a positive impact on keeping indigenous children in school and completing their studies.

As an indigenous girl, Chea Lach benefitted from multilingual education when she was at school which ensured she stayed enrolled and was eventually inspired to become a multilingual teacher herself. She now teaches using the multilingual curriculum at a primary school in the neighbouring village to where she grew up in. The student is now the teacher.

“I became a teacher because of the support of my parents. The reason why I teach multilingualism is because I think firstly, I am an indigenous person and the second is not to lose the traditions and cultures of indigenous people,” says Chea Lach.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50569977/w ... e-teacher/
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