13-year old Sok* and 14-year old Samnang* both come from very poor families and did not have the chance to start school when they should have.
For the last three years they have been attending classes in the “Bridging Program” at M’Lop Tapang’s Education Center. The program, with a curriculum developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, helps children and youth who have never been to school (or have been out of school for a long time) catch up with their studies.
The goal is one day students in the program will be reintegrated into the local public school system at a grade level suitable for their age.
We are very proud of both these boys who recently passed exams testing their grade level, have left the “Bridging Program” at M’Lop Tapang and are both now in Grade 7 at a local public school.
*Names changed for confidentiality