Keeping Parents Involved: Meeting with Parents at VAAS

Parents play an important role in the education of their child. Yet sometimes in Cambodia a disconnect exists between parents, children, and schools. To address this issue, our Visual and Applied Arts School held its annual parents meeting on the 23 December 2016.

Parents Meeting at VAASIn Cambodia today, many families have backgrounds of low education. They want the best for their children, but they are not fully invested in their child’s education. On top of that, some parents do not trust the schools or NGO’s that are providing free education to the youngest generation of Cambodians.
Phare Ponleu Selpak hopes to change that. We want the parents of our community to be as committed to artistic education as much as we are. So we held our parents meeting at VAAS this December. The purpose of this meeting was threefold: to build trust between parents, students, and teachers at VAAS; to remind parents to encourage their children; and to show parents the many benefits of an education at VAAS.

Student Art PresenterDuring the meeting, teachers were able to make presentations for the parents, showing them the various lessons, subjects, and materials that are taught at VAAS. The school also illustrated to parents the different ways that they can participate in their child’s education.

Lastly, recent VA
AS graduates and year 3 students of the vocational program gave presentations. The artists showcased their achievements, their current employment, and highlighted all the reasons VAAS has benefited them in their professional and personal lives.

The role of a parent in the education of a child is of paramount importance. Parents can encourage their child to go to school, to study, and to stick with their classes even when the material gets difficult. Through this parents meeting, VAAS staff hoped to engage with the parents of our students, and to involve them more closely in our artistic education.