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Our3Q – Edemy, Cambodia

Panhchaneath and  Solin – team members of Edemy – an enterprise devoted to teaching English to kids of remote areas. They use materials created by themselves in order to fit Cambodian reality loaded into tablets. Using the latest technology they are able to provide and update the materials without Internet access. Thanks to their initiative kids from very small villages can learn both English and how to use new technology, both skills unknown to them but crucial for their future.

 

Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

A lot of our students from the intermediate course get good marks, some of them even went abroad. They gave us very positive feedback saying that we helped them a lot. Another success is the technology we use: at the beginning we were not sure we would manage to find a solution to provide the class without access to the Internet. But we did it.

 

Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

Teaching. In Cambodia most students are used to conventional school, they need to see the teacher to learn. So if you provide a technology like our some students complain that there is no teacher, and when they have questions they cannot ask. They are not used to learn through technology yet. Another challenge is how to keep truck of the students. We are so far away from them. Sometimes when the test score is not good, it is difficult to understand why, whether the test was too difficult or, for example, they were not able to concentrate because of friends and noise. We cannot tell that being in Phnom Penh.

 

Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

What we try to do today to face the challenges mentioned above is to cover in our materials as many things as possible so as to minimize the number of questions. In each village there is a facilitator. In future we need to make them more professional, train them as teachers so they can help the students and be an eye for us. One more thing we try to do is to work on a system to track students. If they log in into the course we should see it, being able to check if they watch our video or do the exercise.

 

Would you like to add something more?

In order to teach our students in a more efficient way we designed our own curriculum, more contextual for students. Usually Cambodian students learn from foreigner books where they have for example a lot of unknown fruits or the pictures of an airport, which they have never seen in their life. We try to base our classes on things which are closer to them, including information about Cambodia and other Asian countries. Thanks to that, student can understand better the materials and it’s more interesting for them. Our mission is to provide those materials to kids who really want to learn. It cannot be that those young people out there desire knowledge so much and they don’t have access to any resources.

 

The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 17th November, 2015

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