Interview with Sanith Kong, Community Hero in Siem Reap

Sanith is Community Hero in Siem Reap
Sanith is Community Hero in Siem Reap

Sanith Kong is Community Hero in our Learning Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. After its re-opening in May, Sanith will manage the center and extend its portfolio: she will not only offer English and IT courses but also organize offerings for tourists to give them the possibility to experience a “real” Cambodia.

Sanith, who are you? What is your personal background?
I am Kong Sanith. I was born in Phnom Penh and currently live in Slorkram Commune, Siem Reap Province. I got married in 2009 and now have two daughters. I have graduated with a bachelor degree from IFL in the field of English Language and English Language Teaching in 2009. I used to be an English Teacher at Hello American School from 2008 to 2009, and was an English Instructor at Pannasastra University of Cambodia in 2009. At Cambodian Mekong University I have been a lecturer from 2011 to 2014. Besides these experiences, I also have worked as a secretary for a general manager.

Why did you apply for the position of the Community Hero / Head of Learning Center?
I wanted to work with an NGO or enterprise that can help the Cambodian society, especially children in getting a better education. BOODBRIDGE is a social enterprises that can help me to improve my knowledge and experiences. In addition, it gives me the chance to enhance the educational situation in Siem Reap, even though it is just a small part. I really love BOOKBRIDGE’s vision that focuses on providing worldwide educational equality which is irrespective of religious, ethnic, economic, or geographical consideration. I hope that I can develop myself as a responsible leader and make my learning center a sustainable social business.

Always crowded and filled with life: the newly opened BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Siem Reap
Always crowded and filled with life: the newly opened BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Siem Reap

What is special about your Learning Center? What are your plans for the next months?
My learning center is located in the 10 January 1979 High School in Siem Reap. This means that most of the visitors are students. The center has a good learning environment. The students are friendly and helpful, especially children attending the school-based scout groups. They usually help us with organizing books and cleaning. Also, the school director supports us very well. That’s one of the reasons why we have celebrated the successful opening of the learning center. An important part of it were the participants of our 2nd General Management Plus Program that developed the business model for the learning center. I am really proud to work with them and the BOOKBRIDGE team. They are very active and it’s a pleasure to work with them!

I will start to offer English courses this October. Besides I will organize a tourist program and Khmer as a second language courses for foreigners working in Siem Reap. I will try my best to make these programs work!

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