The parliamentarians spoke to ChildFund staff, teachers and students during the school visit; with all being impressed by the innovative nature of the project, the dedication of teachers, and the enthusiasm of students.
ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said: “This education program has the funding support of the Australian Government, so it was a very valuable opportunity for the MPs to see how organisations like ChildFund can deliver projects that are not only cost-effective and value-for-money, but which deliver real and lasting improvements for children living in poor, rural communities in Cambodia.”
Writing about her visit in the Bendigo Advertiser, Lisa Chesters MP (pictured above, right) said: “The pride and joy of a rural Cambodian primary school in Svay Rieng is their new library funded by Australian Aid at a cost of $9,000. The students delighted in showing us their Samsung tablets with interactive learning games, favourite books and learning resources. The school also has a thriving kitchen garden and music program. The teachers credit having these resources and programs for the school’s higher attendance rates.
“The school in Svay Rieng represents what can be achieved when we prioritise education. Australian Aid plays a crucial role in international development. With our support, countries less lucky than our own are finding a path out of poverty.”