RYTHM Foundation partnered with Child’s Dream Association to construct a new primary school building for the Ou Romdoul School located in Ou Brayuth village in Cambodia. The new school building is equipped with four fully furnished classrooms and three toilets, which will help address the lack of infrastructure and overcrowding issue in the school, that currently has 425 students.
The school had two existing buildings, one constructed in 1998 and the other a smaller building constructed in 2015. The first building has 5 classrooms, with wooden walls and tiled roof. The second building, relatively new, with net walls and zinc roof, had deteriorated drastically over the last few months.
The construction of the new building will not only boost the learning environment quality for the students, but encourage them to continue their education after primary school. The improved safety and hygiene standards of the school will also encourage parents in the community to allow their children to pursue basic education.
The opening ceremony was held in the school on June 16, with QI Director Mr. Krishna Kumar, representing RYTHM Foundation. The event was graced by venerable monks from the temples in the vicinity, by the Provincial Governor of Battambang Province, Marc Thomas Jenni, the Child’s Dream Association Founder and many other local distinguished guests. There were also performances by students, followed by speeches by guests. The new school building was officially inaugurated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a small goodwill gesture of planting a tree in the school compound.
Through this beautiful partnership, resulting in an improved learning environment, the community will benefit tremendously, as literacy rates will increase, reducing school dropout rates, and giving children in the village better opportunity to lead a self-determined life.