Alex and Ruby left a mark on Learning Center Tonloab

Ruby leads students to sing the BOOKBRIDGE theme song with her for the last time
Ruby leads students to sing the BOOKBRIDGE theme song with her for the last time

Alex and Ruby have been BOOKBRIDGE fellows at our learning center in Tonloab, Cambodia. However, people come and go – Alex and Ruby now had to go back to their home country Belgium. During their three months stay, Alex and Ruby have left some things we wish to treasure.

Thanks to the two fellows, BOOKBRIDGE learning center Tonloab has witnessed improvements as a consequence of their teaching and learning initiatives. The most noticeable is Alexercise, an online digital device-based English vocabulary-memorizing game as well as more organized Internet services at the IT room. Besides, the library has now turned out clean, neat and tidy, which once was not. The number of students has also increased as around 17 more students have registered for our new English course. This is the result of Ruby’s and Alex’s concerted marketing efforts. The unprecedented singing class they initiated is also seen and viewed as another good income source.

Alex and Ruby bid the students a final farewell
Alex and Ruby bid the students a final farewell

The head, staff and teachers of learning center expressed their satisfaction with Alex and Ruby’s work and initiatives despite some conflicting ideas and perspectives that had arisen during the process. They maintained that they have learnt quite a lot from the fellows. Some teachers mentioned that they have greatly benefited from the English teaching assistance Alex and Ruby provided. They could manage to rise above the differences and move forwards against all the odds to create lasting sustainable impact. Students, especially younger ones, liked to be with Ruby at the singing class.

Alex and Ruby admitted that improving the teachers’ current teaching methodologies to more progressive and innovative teaching methods remains very challenging and demanding given the reality on the ground. Nevertheless, we are can say that they have been quite supportive, beneficial and instrumental to the learning center and the people. We wish Alex and Ruby all the best with their future endeavors. We also hope to keep in touch with them after they travelled back to Europe. Thanks Alex and Ruby for your coming and sharing! We will cherish the essence of your loving kindness and your gesture of goodwill.

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