Children’s Day in Chanleas Dai
International Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide on June 1st. In Chanleas Dai, teachers, students, administrators, and the PEPY team worked together to celebrate students through a creative market – a space where students practiced life skills and financial management by making and selling small products in their classes. Every grade and several area child clubs had their own stalls where they sold handmade paintings and drawings, clay pottery, paper picture frames, homemade treats, and other handicrafts. Using fake money they traded for Cambodian riel, community members from nearby villages joined the market to purchase students’ work. After the market closed, hundreds of parents and community members stayed to watch skits, game shows, and songs that PEPY child club members created together about child rights, child protection, and children’s needs.
The spirit and motivation of the day are hard to translate via words, so be sure to check out our pictures of the event! If you can read Khmer, you can also read an account of the day that was created by the group of journalists from the 9th grade who interviewed community and student participants and wrote up a newspaper account of the day. Special thanks to all the teachers and PEPY staff who worked so hard to make this day possible!