In January 2016, CWEF staff established a literacy program at Sna Kandal primary school in Tboung Khmum province, Cambodia. The goal of the program is not only to help students improve their reading and writing in Khmer but to improve their overall learning quality through literacy.
When the literacy program was established in January, more than 90 percent of the 35 students in the program could not read even one sentence in a story book. With the resources and literacy mentor provided by CWEF, most of the students showed improvement in their reading and writing and nearly half of the students were at grade level by the end of the year.
In November, CWEF staff met with the literacy mentor and the students and asked them to share some of the great changes they saw in themselves. One of the participants, Chat Sreynuon, told the CWEF staff before she joined the literacy program she could not read and would only look at the pictures in the school library books. She was happy to report, she now enjoys reading and can read the school library books without difficulty.
CWEF will continue to support the students at Sna Kandal primary school as the literacy program enters its second year.