Rekindling dreams and hopes in a remote village in Cambodia Changwon City will open the “Changwon International Educational Cooperation Center” in Takeo Province, Cambodia, Jan. 24.
It has been the hallmark project of the city since it adopted “Changwon Declaration,” which underscored the importance of resolving urban issues through seeking a balance between people and nature, at the world congress of the International Association of Educating Cities (IAEC) in April, 2012.
For the rare municipality-backed official development assistance project, an outlay of 100 million won was set aside and the non-governmental organization, Good Hands, was designated as the contractor to activate the project since August, 2012.
The center is comprised of a library, two kindergartens and a health care center on a lot of 295.5 square meters. When completed, it will be used to educate children, assist in medical projects for locals, and train teachers.
It is nestled in a remote rural village, Takeo Province, about 60 kilometers south of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Takeo is ranked sixth in terms of poverty among the 24 provinces, and is mostly reported for poor quality education, falling far behind urban areas with a large number of preschoolers.
Staff members, including two kindergarten teachers, a librarian and a nurse, will reside in the center, and engage in various development assistance projects for the locals.
“The center is surrounded by poverty-stricken rural areas. So, we will take all the necessary measures to turn the center into a place where residents can find substantial help,” said a city official.