It’s back to school time for Kuma. In January the school welcomed 121 students after a tough year dealing with local flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, all kids are masked up and all precautions are being taken regarding social distancing during the day and during meals.
Here’s some great news: at the end of the last term, Kuma “graduated” 26 fast-track students who are now enrolled as 3rd graders at local schools. (These kids are still getting a half-day of support from the Kuma Cambodia Education Center despite moving on.) These fast-track students come from the very toughest situations and the program gives them the accelerated support they need to get up to speed.
There are now 108 students who pass through the KCEC, which is now offering eight classes of both computer skills and English language. An incredibly important, life-changing resource!
The staff is now on the lookout to identify the next fast-track group. They will be secretly visiting villages to identify the most at-risk kids. Often this means families affected by alcohol, drugs, HIV, or other such circumstances. The aim is to add another 19 students in the coming weeks.