Author: Kaia Smith

Posted on: May 10, 2019 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

New Perspectives from Cambodia-Ireland Exchange

This year’s Cambodia to Ireland Exchange, made possible by the Irish National Teacher’s Organization (INTO), was an invaluable opportunity for participants from both countries to gain cultural awareness, learn from different perspectives and approaches, and build upon and create relationships across borders. 2 PEPY staff members, Dena By and Konnitha …

Posted on: April 1, 2019 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

Former Scholarship student Sochea on the Importance of Giving Back

Sochea Khoeut is a former PEPY Scholarship student from 2014 who is studying International Relations and working as a project coordinator at The Heritage Hub of Cambodian Living Arts, an organization that supports and promotes much of the Cambodian culture that was lost during the Khmer Rouge period. Not only …

Posted on: March 7, 2019 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

Students Build Confidence and Knowledge Through Creative Writing

Last week, Writing Through, an organization that teaches conceptual writing in order to increase confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills, came to deliver a Taking Risks workshop at the PEPY Learning Center. Students learned from and enjoyed these sessions a lot – they were able to express themselves creatively, talk …

Posted on: December 27, 2018 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

Meet some of PEPY’s newest Scholarship Students!

PEPY’s Promotion 7 Scholarship students have been in Siem Reap City for almost two months, and now that they’ve settled in are happy to share about their thoughts and experiences so far. They were asked about their challenges, why they wanted a PEPY Scholarship, and their short- and long-term goals. …

Posted on: November 26, 2018 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

Extracurricular Activities Promote Open Minds

With a PEPY Scholarship, students receive a wide range of capacity building classes and opportunities that ensure that they develop not only their hard and soft skills, but also their creativity, critical thinking, and global/social awareness. In addition to regular English, ICT, and soft skill classes, Scholarship students also visit …

Posted on: October 24, 2018 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

PEPY Students Discuss Changes After Studying at the Learning Center

At PEPY, we strongly believe that for our students to be prepared for their university classes and professional environments, financial support alone is not enough. PEPY Scholarship students come from rural areas, where the quality of public education is much lower than in urban areas[1] and the culture and lifestyles …

Posted on: July 23, 2018 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

Parents of PEPY Students on Their Children’s Education and Future

PEPY engages regularly with students’ families to make sure they are informed of our activities and purpose, and to evaluate perspectives on their children’s participation in PEPY’s programs. This is important for raising awareness of the value of education, engaging communities in our target areas, and getting to know our …

Posted on: June 29, 2018 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

PEPY Students Explain Value of Cross-Cultural Exchange

From June 11th-15th, PEPY welcomed students from TASIS (The American School in Switzerland) for an exchange program full of dancing, teaching, food tasting, photo taking, and friendship making. But the most enriching lessons came from the conversations students had and the friendships they formed over the course of these activities. …

Posted on: June 11, 2018 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

How PEPY’s Dream Program Fosters Mental and Practical Preparedness for Success

As part of PEPY’s mission to connect young Cambodians to the inspirations, skills, and opportunities to reach their potential, staff organize regular Skills Fairs and Sharing Events for Dream Management Class and Scholarship students. At these events, participants get to hear from different employers, organizations, universities/training centers, and Cambodian leaders …