DCC Welcome Cambodian Visitors

Recently, DCC were delighted to host visitors from Cambodia. After their visit to DPETNS, Konnitha, Sotheareak, Dena and Ousa spent two days visiting DCC. They visited classes across the school where they spoke to students about life in Cambodia and on the Sustainable Development Goals. They also got the opportunity to observe the teaching and learning in DCC that they might take back home with them.

Over the course of their short stay, Transition Year Journalism students managed to get quick interviews with Dena and Ousa. We are so delighted they visited the school and hope they enjoyed their time with us. Please see below, a piece written by TY Journalists Ali Kavanagh and Lara Browne after their interview with Dena.

“During the Cambodian visit we had the opportunity to interview Dena who works alongside the NGO PEPY, an organisation which aims to help Cambodian children to reach their goals. The education system is very different in Cambodia and Dena and the other Cambodian visitors came to our school to see what they could learn about how our school is run in hope of bringing change back to the Cambodian Education System. Dena has been working with Pepy for 3 years, she was also in the Pepy programme herself when she was younger.

Pepy helped Dena achieve her goals and now she helps others do the same by working with young people in Cambodian High Schools where she carries out group activities with the children to boost their confidence. One way they do this is a dream class, where students learn how to set goals and achieve them. The aim of this class is for students to gain confidence and they also learn vital skills such as ICT and English.

One major difference Dena and the other Cambodian students noticed on their visit is the difference in the family dynamic between Ireland and Cambodia. In Ireland, the parents are a lot more involved in their children’s school lives. Families in Cambodia don’t get to spend as much time with each other due to parents working long hours on a farm and students being in school.

Pepy offer scholarships to students and the staff carefully choose the students. When students apply, PEPY staff go to the hometown of the student to do an interview and make sure they were truthful in their application form. After this process the students must sit an entrance exam, following this the students leave their home and begin classes with PEPY.

We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming our Cambodian visitors and we hope they enjoyed their stay in Ireland.”

By Ali Kavanagh and Lara Browne, TY Journalism