OISE Supports Toutes à l’école
OISE supports the association Toutes à l’école, a school for young girls in Cambodia that was founded by French journalist and education advocate, Tina Kieffer.
The statistics are clear: school enrollment for girls remains a major social challenge worldwide. Of all children in schools in the world, only ⅓ are girls and ⅔ of the 900 million illiterate adults in the world are women. In countries where female education is high on the political agenda, infant mortality and the birthrate has visibly declined and the fatal spread of pandemics is largely under control. It was this observation that sparked the inauguration of Toutes à l’école.
Located in Cambodia, Toutes à l’école promotes equality and education for young, underprivileged girls. In 2006, the educational initiative started as a pilot project called Happy Chandara which now accommodates almost 1,000 students, from primary school right up to college level. The principle aim of the association is to provide a rigorous vocational programme and to prepare the pupils for entry into university or employment when they leave.
As such, Toutes à l’école opened it’s doors in September 2013, starting with 24 students attending a vocational hairdressing programme.
Aware of the fact that a young girl represents an income and safety net for the whole family, Toutes à l’école extends its support to the respective families by providing them with food packages (rice, oil) as a kind of compensation.
From an academic perspective the young girls will follow the Khmer curriculum and complementary IT and foreign language courses. Happy Chandara also offers art classes, sports lesson and traditional dance, endowing the girls with vital life skills and confidence for their own future. The carefully crafted educational approach at Happy Chandara is yielding results. Since its implementation in 2013 the average pass rate of the year 7 exams is 9,20/10!
Thanks to private partners and individuals sponsors who support Toutes à l’école, such as OISE, the support of the students has become an international affair, enabling the girls and their families to direct all their attention to one thing: academic excellence.
In addition to the financial donations in order to support the everyday running of the school, OISE would like Toutes à l’école to benefit from the educational expertise OISE has acquired over the years. Therefore, in 2015 three of the young Cambodian girls chosen for their enthusiasm to learn English will have the opportunity to attend an OISE young learners language course for two weeks in the UK. Furthermore the head of English at Happy Chandara will be invited to build his EFL profile by attending an OISE teacher training programme in the UK. Finally one OISE young learners teacher will be given the opportunity to join the teaching staff in Cambodia to teach English for one year.
You can find more information about OISE social responsibility projects with Toutes à l’école and other organisations here.