To improve the the professional development of our staff at the BOOKBRIDGE learning centers, we offer a stipend program. The idea is that we continously need to invest into our staff, both teachers and Head of Learning Centers, to achieve quality education. The aim of the Professional Development Stipend Program is to support the development of talented young professionals and secure committed and well qualified staff members for our Learning Centers. Vannak Pen, Community Hero and Head of Learning Center at our learning center in Tonloab, Cambodia, received a stipend from the fund. In this article he describes his experience and learnings.
by Vannak Pen
During BOOKBRIDGE Cambodia team’s workshop at Takeo town, I received the information about the BOOKBRIDGE Stipend Program as a chance to improve my learning center’s quality in teaching and learning. Also, my students were excited about getting a guitar for fun and singing, so last year I applied for the Stipend program in order to get the funds to buy it.
This March I got $240 for buying a guitar at Phnom Penh and learned how to play it with a local teacher. The guitar is used to play songs in the English courses and library. Many songs are sung by students to satisfy our mind to be relaxed from stress and hard-working!
As a result, fun in education has become a special part of our marketing strategy and has changed our learning and teaching process. It is very useful to attract more students to join our courses and library activities. This way, we could increase the number of students in English courses from 235 to 252, which is the highest number we ever had.
Finally, on behalf of BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Tonloab I would like to say thank you to all donors, who create the stipend program and wish all of you to be healthy, wealthy and success in work and life!