By Kyla Solinger
This year, instead of XO computer class PEPY is offering Creative Learning Class (CLC), with two very creative teachers who recently joined our team. Meet Soun Kimeang and Loem Lida below! Both Kimeang and Lida are recent graduates of CIST (Centre for Information Systems Training). PEPY began working with CIST in 2008, when we learned about their impressive training program in Cambodia. CIST works to recruit bright, motivated young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds across Cambodia, and supports them through a two-year high-class IT training program. In their own words, their goal is “bridging the digital divide in Cambodia through the creation of an IT training center.” We believe in CIST’s mission and their team, and have partnered with them for two years now, offering internships to CIST students, and working with them to recruit from our target areas. We hope that one day we will have students from Chanleas Dai attend CIST, then come back and teach our Creative Learning Classes! To learn more about CIST, click here. Read on to meet two of CIST’s newest graduates who are managing PEPY’s CLC programs in Chanleas Dai.
Suon Kimeang is 22 years old and is from Kampong Cham Province. He just finished studying System Network Administration, which is a diploma degree in computer sciences, at CIST in Phnom Penh. Kimeang first worked with PEPY in 2008 for two months in September and October during which he assisted Channeang in the XO program. PEPY is very happy to have him back on our team as our full-time Creative Learning teacher. He feels confident that he can practice his knowledge and share with the students. He feels there is much he can learn from PEPY and much he can teach his students.
Loem Lida is 21 years old and is from Pursat Province. She also just finished her System Network Administration training at CIST. She has worked with CCFC (Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood) and UNDP (United Nations Development Program) on internships in IT support. She has also worked with Project for Asia as an English teacher. Lida will be joining PEPY as a CLC and English teacher and will be helping to make the Creative Learning Classes come alive with ideas! She is excited to help students gain new knowledge and to share what she knows with them.