Multi-Stakeholder Meeting at Tani Successfully Conducted

Over 30 stakeholders participated in the meeting
Over 30 stakeholders participated in the meeting
On January 20 we organized a multi-stakeholder meeting for our learning center in Tani, Cambodia. The meeting’s goal was to bring together the stakeholders of the learning center in order to learn about the community’s needs for education and training. Conducting stakeholder meetings at our learning centers is very important as it ensures the support, collaboration and advocacy from local authorities, community members, students, teachers, parents, and local state schools alike.

The meeting took place at the local high school where our new learning center Tani is situated. The 31 participants consisted of a representative from District Office of Education, villager chief, school principals, teachers, students, our Head of Learning Center, and the Cambodian BOOKBRIDGE team. During three interactive sessions the participants discussed the needs and wishes of the community regarding the learning center’s offers.

Community Hero Tep Sothy answers the questions the stakeholders have
Community Hero Tep Sothy answers the questions the stakeholders have
The first discussion dealt with the community’s wishes for children and others and what the community’s students want to become in the future. Among them were:

  • mastering English to get a good job
  • vocational skills relevant to employment needs in the community
  • computer skills at all levels
  • learning center sustainability and quality to complete students’ studies
  • well-equipped standard learning center with learning outcomes for students moving to the city
  • students equipped with ability to catch up with their peers in the capital
  • affordable private schooling
  • becoming a lawyer and English teacher in the community
  • people in Tani having a good job
  • offering certificates and transcripts to students at different levels
  • children becoming good citizens
  • students getting well educated

One of the local partners in Tani, the school principal, comments on the focus of the learning center
One of the local partners in Tani, the school principal, comments on the focus of the learning center
Session 2 consisted of discussions about the resources needed for fulfilling these wishes:

  • English teachers
  • English schools
  • Institutions
  • Parents
  • state teachers of all subjects
  • state schools from elementary to high school
  • location provided by community for education program
  • highly qualified teachers
  • students’ commitment
  • sufficient supplies of water and electricity

Country Manager Sokhan Khut (left) lead the meeting and summed up the results
Country Manager Sokhan Khut (left) lead the meeting and summed up the results
During the last session, the participants talked about the skills and trainings they will need to compete on the job market and to fulfill their wishes and dreams. Their answers were

  • English at all levels
  • various computer courses and computer repairing
  • practicing communication skills in classroom
  • support for poor students
  • encouragement for students
  • morality issues
  • problem-solving skills
  • coordination
  • writing, reading, communication and critical thinking
  • personal financial management
  • self-confidence
  • teaching methodology and inspiration what works for the community
  • skills that fit market needs

The meeting ended with a wrap-up by BOOKBRIDGE Country Manager Sokhan Khut. The meeting was very helpful for BOOKBRIDGE as it enabled us to see the community’s needs and get direct input for creating offerings that really matter. Indeed, this kind of consultative meeting is essential to get the community engaged right from the beginning.

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