South Korean non-government organisation, BYSOnanummauland and Asiana Airlines, a major Korean airline, recently launched an Information Technology (IT) classroom at Chhouk Var High School in Phnom Penh last week, another significant proof of the contribution of South Korea to the development of Cambodia’s education system.
Located in Takeo province, the organisation is closely working with Build Bright University and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for a project called “Cambodia Beautiful Classroom.”
BYSOnanummaul founder Lee Ji Hee, who first visited Cambodia in 2003 for a volunteer work, said she got fascinated with the beautiful and kindhearted people of the Kingdom.
“I have been helping Cambodia ever since. However, this time, I want to focus on supporting the education of students and graduates looking to start a good career. So, I opened an IT classroom to help them,” Ms Ji Hee said.
She added that the first town the organisation extended help to was Preck-chrey in Kandal, bordering Vietnam. BYSOnanummaul, with the help of the villagers, made wells to provide water to households, as well as support the education of the students in the area.
“Our NGO is officially recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea to help people in developing countries. We are helping people in the education, medical care and vocational aspects. We extend help to Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya,” Ms Ji Hee explained.
Many Korean-Cambodian students are also volunteering to help Takeo’s schools through the BIVC camps, which transpires twice a year. The Cambodian Youth Volunteers group also conducts monthly meetings to discuss the problems in schools and suggest feasible solutions.
Ms Ji Hee’s organisation has already helped out around 30 schools around the country, providing computer sets and establishing a specific IT classroom where students can learn how to use computers that will aid them in their learning.
Hen Sreyroth, a third year Information Technology student said she renders time and effort to volunteer for the organisation’s cause. Ms Sreyroth volunteers as a computer teacher at Chhouk Var to teach the students on basic computer operations.
“Most of high school students do not know how to use computer. And this is one of the reasons they find it hard to cope with the new environment and classroom set-up in the university. I want to help them that’s why I volunteered for the job,” said Ms Sreyroth.
With her passion to help other young Cambodians, Ms Sreyroth has already served the organisation for more than a year now, and she doesn’t plan of stopping just yet. BYSOnanummaul is a nonprofit organisation under the International Development Cooperation established at the Ministry by of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Ever since it was established in 2015, BYSOnanummaul has been initiating tangible efforts to reduce computer illiteracy in the rural areas of the country, as well as encouraging the Cambodia youth to value education for a brighter and better future.