Vannak Pen is Community Hero at our learning center in Tonloab, Cambodia. This year, he was chosen to participate in the BOOKBRIDGE Exchange Program to exchange ideas and experiences with Community Heroes from other countries. Together with Uuganaa from Mongolia, Vannak travelled to Sri Lanka to visit the learning center in Bandarawela – by Vannak Pen
Living in different parts of the world causes the quality of education differing from one country to another. Not only we at BOOKBRIDGE want balance in education, so sharing knowledge and experiences with each other is essential.
Throughout 2018, there has been a significant push towards sharing experiences between BOOKBRIDGE learning centers through a workshop and exchange program. Together with other Community Heroes from five learning centers in Cambodia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka, I participated in a workshop in order to improve our capacity in communication, knowledge and share good practices with each other. In the workshop, we focused on the Community Hero Handbook, the approach “Teachers are nutritionists”, developing curriculum materials, and project-based learning, our Activity Bank, the Master Class and many more. At the end of the workshop all participants felt very happy and full of hope to improve their learning centers.
After the workshop, we spent a whole day with travelling to Skills Learning Center situated in Bandarawela. It is a very interesting learning center with a nice library, an IT room and English rooms. We had a lively discussion between us three Community Heroes (Sujitha, Uuganaa and me) about co-teaching and co-conducting games from the Activity Bank to the learning center’s students. Also, we learnt how to label books in the library and put them on the right places in the bookshelves. Moreover, I learnt how to repair computers including fixing keyboards, cleaning hardware and using a video program editor.
It was great to meet Satheesh and Sujitha from the learning center who were very welcome and kind hosts that brought me to hike with the Sri Lankan Scouts, visit a lake on the mountains and museums. Sri Lanka is a place with many green trees and kind and friendly people. All of them are happy to share cultural experiences and knowledges to the world. I love Sri Lanka very much and wish all people the best, especially my host, Sujitha.