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Remote Cambodians take to the field with new sport equipment

Cambodia’s lower secondary students are making the most of school and physical education more after receiving new sports equipment

Ratanak Kiri province’s 11 lower secondary schools supported by CARE all received goods thanks to a gift by Sharon Mackenzie from Seattle. Sports is not only a great energetic and fun release for children in school environments, it also teaches leadership skills, teamwork, is healthy and promotes respect between genders.

Taveang Lower Secondary School was one of the 11 CARE supported schools to receive equipment including footballs, football nets, volleyballs, t-shirts, badminton rackets, shuttlecocks and ropes.

School director Mr. Chan Naroeun said sport in schools achieves a number of things, including helping students be happy and engaged, reducing drop outs and creates a better balance between boys and girls.

Sports at the school is taught as advised by the ministry, with a one hour theoretical lesson followed by practical. “Boys and girls join together and learn from each other. It helps give them confidence, they are not shy,” Mr. Chan Naroeun said.

CARE Cambodia Program Director Jan Noorlander said, “Sports are a good way of promoting girls leaderships. Girls are as passionate about sports as boys and it gives them confidence.”

15-year-old Sreymom likes football. She plays sport at school and with her younger sister at home. “I like sport because it keeps you healthy and gives you solidarity.” Noeuk, 16, said it was good to play with boys and girls together. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a boy; we have the opportunity to encourage each other.”

The project contributes to CARE Cambodia's Ethnic Minority Women program.


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