Our learning center in Siem Reap, Cambodia has started to offer its first English courses. The classes are the result of the collaborative work between the participants of the GMP2 capability program, the BOOKBRIDGE team in Cambodia, and the center’s stakeholders. With support from the GMP2, Sanith (Head of Learning Center Siem Reap), has worked hard to make all this happen despite the challenges the center is facing.
To date, five English classes have been opened with two beginner level classes, two elementary level classes and one pre-intermediate level class. A total of 49 students have enrolled in the courses. Three teachers have been recruited and contracted and the curriculum of different levels has been designed. The center has bought textbooks and provides copies to the students and has created student registration forms and a student database. Also, students and teachers attendance records are ready and a financial management system is in place.
To promote the courses, the staff has distributed flyers to the local people and hung up marketing banners and advertisements. The four classrooms have been renovated, decorated with English posters, equipped and furnished to offer a friendly learning environment. The center has also kept up with cleaning, an issue many of our learning centers are facing. There are still missing organizational management and communication systems as well as disciplinary measures and quality assurance mechanisms.
Before taking up these tasks, Sanith had visited our learning centers in Tonloab and Takeo to learn from their experiences in opening and running English courses, daily operations and problem solving as well as competition strategies. Sanith could improve her entrepreneurship skills during the process, especially thanks to the participants of our GMP2 capability program and the support of BOOKBRIDGE. Getting more students remains a challenge for the learning center because it competes with other educational institutions in the big city of Siem Reap. “We are not very successful yet at this point, but in the next three months or so we want to be successful. The competition is fierce in Siem Reap Capital, but we believe that with cooperations and quality teaching we can convince students to get enrolled in our classes”, says Sanith.