ASIA Metropolitan International School (AMETIS) believes that learning takes place in and outside of the classroom. Its annual outreach programmes are certainly a testimony of this. Over the past four years, the school’s programmes have gone beyond boundaries with Project Cambodia 1 (2015), Project Kerala 1 (2016) and Project Kerala 2 (2017). This year, in keeping with its tradition, AMETIS carried out Project Cambodia 2 (2018) from 4th to 8th July, with the theme of ‘Be the reason someone smiles today!’ A team consisting of 17 learners and five staff members spent two days at schools run by the Volunteer Development for Children’s Association (VDCA) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The VDCA runs two schools in a rural part of Siem Reap. The VDCA Evening School caters for young people who spend the main part of their day working to supplement their families’ income. These young people attend the evening school where they are taught English, hygiene and are equipped with other skills to improve their standard of living. The Anlung Pi Free School is a regular primary school and nursery for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This school provides free education and aims to take the children off the streets.
The team from AMETIS conducted activities such as language games, sing along sessions, painting and a hygiene awareness programme. Thanks to generous donations from parents and friends of AMETIS, the team was able to take along 30 boxes consisting of clothes, medicine, books, stationery, toiletries and foodstuff. They also made a cash donation of USD 1200.00 to the VDCA.
Apart from the work at the VDCA schools, the team members also explored the Angkor Wat and other temples, cruised the Tonle Sap lake (the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia) and spent an evening appreciating the Apsara dances. The learners at AMETIS have definitely benefitted from this opportunity and, in doing so, have gained invaluable experience.