Last October was the beginning of the school year at the Kindergarten!
The Kindergarten program is one of the keystones of Phare Ponleu Selpak. It provides a high-quality education to 250 children between the ages of 3 to 6. Entirely free, the program aims to provide an education in line with international standards, including an arts curriculum.
Meet Bunnary, one of our dedicated Kindergarten teachers, and learn more about her experience and vision about education.
Bunnary, 35, has been teaching at Phare for 12 whole years. One of our most experienced teachers sat down to talk about our kindergarten and her career with us. She teaches the 3-year-olds who are the youngest children that enter preschool.
“I wanted to help kids build up their confidence to be able to be more independent in the future. Education means delivering kids the required and basic knowledge to succeed in the world, teaching them about morality, learning how to live together, and improving their lives towards a healthier lifestyle.”
Kindergarten is not traditionally part of the Cambodian school system, but Bunnary really believe that introducing children to the outside world from ayoung age can help them become braver and learn how to be independent for the future. “The kids also get to make friends here and learn important lessons, such as respecting the others”, she explains.
And even if she confesses that working with very young kids is not easy every day, she feels very proud to be part of their success in life, even though she really misses their adorable faces when they leave the Kindergarten for the primary school: “The worst feeling would be if one of my kids could not make it to the next level, so I keep that in mind when I get sad about missing them”, she says with a smile.
We would like to take this opportunity to address a big thank you to all Phare teachers for their dedication and hard work in changing lives through the arts!