This school will be modelled on the original plan for Chumkriel Language School which has been successfully running and developing for over 10 years using education to support a community.
The CLS mission is to provide quality education and life skills to children as well as supporting the local community. Although primarily an education initiative the CLS strategy is to help with economic options for families to build sustainability. CLS’s philosophy is that education can be integrated with basic needs and family support. We will provide free education in English and Khmer, family support including basic housing, sanitation, water, recreation and hygiene/health activities.
CLS operates as a local non-government organisation (NGO) under licence approved by the ministry of interior, provincial government, district government and commune chief. CLS is managed by a director who reports to an advisory board and is self-funding through donations from individuals and benefactors.
Angprey is a small village close to Kampot much like Chumkriel was. Our plan and our vision is to start the school in the same way that Chumkriel was formed and from this to develop further support depending on the needs of the community. Providing this support and education in the classroom allows us to link with and get to know local families. We can then find out what they need for support as well as giving the children education and inspiring confidence.
CLS started in a single classroom teaching english to 100 children and further developed a learning centre with adjoining agriculture grade and sporting field. Now it is heavily involved in the community providing support to the locals. CLS has also developed a learning centre, library, office, soup kitchen and vegetable garden. There are 12 full time and part time employees including security guard, cook, garden workers, farm manager and IT support.