The students at the Primary and Secondary Schools are programming within the innovative Scratch programming environment developed by the MIT Media Lab.
The younger children have started to create their own animations, and the older children are creating stories and interactive projects.
Scratch’s “no floor, no ceiling” approach to learning means that children of all ages can create projects that are relevant and meaningful to them.
Primary School students are using LEGO Wedos to create projects using programmable LEGO bricks to create their own robots. At the Secondary School the students use the more advanced RCX LEGO system to experiment with more advanced sensors and programming features. Recently a maze race was held with the girls taking first prize! These programs allow our students to explore engineering, science and mathematical concepts while having lots of fun.
The school’s aim is to create an English-speaking environment within its English classes. This is total immersion at it’s best. All of our students study English five days per week, using the Let’s Go Oxford University series of courseware, available on DynEd software.
Classes are full of singing and conversation, with a focus on speaking and listening. Students keep diaries connecting their English lessons with their Computer Learning Classes. Teacher Virak Svay brings not only knowledge to his classes but his enthusiasm radiates through to his students.
The students are able to borrow books from the school’s small English library, and to take home laptop computers in order to continue their Scratch projects in the evening. Both of these initiatives are designed to bring learning into the villagers’ homes and to facilitate community participation in the school.
CAMBODIA~p.r.i.d.e. has implemented health projects within the schools. Providing students with access to safe drinking water, hand-washing facilities, and a student planted and run organic vegetable garden.
To date our organization's snake anti-venom program has saved 48 local farmers from death or loss of limb.
Since 2005 the organization has run a baseball program. Players ages range from 7 to 18 with a volunteer coach.
As condition to playing on the team, students must be enrolled in school. Baseball has been instrumental in maintaining boys interest in classes and education.
“Our promise to all donors is that we operate on a small budget with every dollar raised going to our teachers and school programs. We have no office, no car -- no overhead at all. Our board receives no salary for the work and hours they put in to keep our organization doing the work that has made a big difference in the lives of our students. Our reward is knowing how much we have helped.” -- Elaine Negroponte -- In Country Director
Cambodia~P.R.I.D.E. is registered 501(c)3 charitable foundation. All gifts to the organization are tax-deductible.
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69 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108
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Cambodia~P.R.I.D.E. is a small, grassroots foundation focused on bringing the most innovative computer education and English-language skills to the poorest rural primary schools in Cambodia. Introducing innovative learning programs developed by the MIT Media Lab, the foundation seeks to encourage students’ independent thinking, problem solving, and curiosity about the world.
Cambodia~P.R.I.D.E.’s roots date back to 1999, when the Negroponte family built a five-room primary “school-within-a- school” in the Rovieng district, Preah Vihear province. Over time, the organization built three more schools, dug wells to provide water for the schools and surrounding communities, and in 2002, provided the first Internet connectivity to a primary school in Cambodia.
In 2008, with the generous support of the Chung Family, Cambodia~P.R.I.D.E. built a secondary school, providing an opportunity for the students to continue their unique, enriched education in their village.
Today, in addition to the school programs, the foundation supports initiatives to promote the health and well-being of the children and their families, including a local garden and a snake anti-venom program.