01st June 2020
After the official MoU of hardware resource provision, KOOMPI team visits Preah Sisowath High School’s NGS Vice Principal Mr. Huot Seanghay and the school’s ICT teachers Monday to implement a thorough technology training for the school’s teachers and discuss potential collaborations.
The training included instructions on (KOOMPI) OS installment and introduction to many alternative open-source applications. The computer laboratory was set up and technical training schedule is being drafted.
It is one of PSSW NGS’ plans to encourage coding and hardware skills in the students’ computer curriculum. Stay tuned for potential collaborations!
New Generation Schools are part of a government education reform program, a new development track within the current education system that enables the creation of autonomous public schools. The concept is similar to the charter schools pioneered in the United States in the 1990s and subsequently in the U.K. These schools have greater leeway in spending their funding allocation.
The idea for the education reform was initially conceived by the Cambodian Action for Primary Education (KAPE), the biggest in-country NGO focused on Cambodia’s education sector, and was later fully adopted and funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. Their pilot program, the Beacon School Initiative, was implemented in 2014 in Kampong Cham province, and as the program expanded, they became the New Generation Schools.
The goal of NGSs is to create public schools that maintain maximal education learning standards through higher investment. NGS focuses on enforcing transparency and accountability by changing the way schools are managed. This is a departure from the government’s traditional method of distributing all funds equally.
October 2 marked the first day of school for New Generation School (Preah Sisowath High School) students after the Pchum Ben holiday.
— Model schools teach a new generation of students, 10th October 2017, The Phnom Penh Post
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