There is an acute shortage of schools in the poorer areas of rural Cambodia. As families begin to meet their basic daily needs through the Family Savings program, they often turn to dreams of achieving an education for their children. They often ask Tabitha to help build a school for the community. Tabitha provides funding and other assistance to build and equip the school, and then passes ownership and the responsibility for the running of the school – including the supply of teachers – to the government through the Ministry of Education.
Since 1994, 69 schools have been built with Tabitha’s assistance. Currently, there are eight communities that Tabitha has identified as needing schools, and construction can begin when funding for the schools has been secured.
Since 2013, Tabitha Foundation Canada fundraising efforts have resulted in the construction of two schools: the Kok Pon Primary School and the Koh Loong Primary School, both in Preah Vihear province. While the children of these communities formerly attended one-room schools made of thatch, the new schools each have six rooms and over 350 students.
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What does the community provide?
Number of children attending school
Depending on the needs and the funds available, schools either have 3, 6 or 12 classrooms. Often smaller schools are built with the expectation that they will be extended when further funds become available.
On average, there are 40 children in each classroom. Attendance is maximized by having a morning class of children followed by an afternoon class of different children.
Cost of schools
3-room school: US$27,500
6-room school: US$52,100
12-room school: US$98,000