Our Teaching Assistants
In this issue we thought it would be fun to introduce you to our two teaching assistants, Srey Neath and Daneth.
Srey Neath and Daneth come to us from within the local community, where their families are rice farmers who make straw baskets to supplement their incomes. They have recently passed their Year 12 exams, which is an excellent achievement given that the government cracked down on cheating this year and only 10% of students passed. Unfortunately, the girl's families were unable to pay for them to attend University following their graduation, despite the families strong belief in education. Srey Neath's family, for example, recently went into debt in order to pay for her sister to complete and graduate from a nursing/midwifery degree - and just could not afford to do the same for Srey Neath.
Without further options, Srey Neath ended up working in a garment factory for $90 per month at 70 hours per week after high school graduation. She was actually made fun of in the factory because she had achieved a higher education and still ended up in the factory. Her work colleagues said that getting a high school education was obviously pointless! She started feeling despondent about her chances of getting a university education.
Both Srey Neath and Daneth have been part of the Manna4Life English and computer classes. On hearing of their inability to go to University this year, Manna4life approached them and asked them if they wanted to be teachers assistants at the school – as they knew they were both excellent students. They all sat down and spoke about what they really wanted to do with their lives and how they could make that happen. Ultimately, Srey Neath wants to be an Accountant and Daneth wants to work in Human Resources. Manna4life came up with a plan in conjunction with the girls and their families to help make this happen.
As a result, Manna4Life have hired Srey Neath and Daneth for one year as Teaching Assistants, and part of their salary ($40 a month) is matched and put into a bank account to fund their first year of university.
The girls are really excited to be helping others in their community achieve an education, and are proving to be a very important part of The Mango Tree School. Manna4Life is very excited to be giving them this work experience, and helping them achieve their dream of a university education.
NB: Funds contributed through donations and child sponsorships help Manna4Life to fund not only The Mango Tree School, but to also help provide support to older students (with excellent academic records) from the local community to achieve a university education.