The Elma School
The ELMA school employs 7 Full time teachers and provides education for over 400 local children.
The Elma School
Located in Sambour Village about five kilometers from Siem Reap. The ELMA TRUST built the school which offers English language lessons, school materials and morality & health lessons for the poor, homeless and vulnerable children.
The foundation, its handful of teachers, and Sieng as principal, provide these local children with an excellent and unique opportunity tailored to the needs of the people. In a country where more than half of the population is illiterate and living in or near poverty, the opportunity this school provides towards education and a brighter future is truly invaluable.
The school has three classrooms, a library and 7 teachers. The teachers are very committed to their role as developers of the next generation and take the schools commitment, to encourage morality and build outstanding members of society, very seriously. You can find the Teacher’s Profiles here.
Classes are typically held in the early morning, late morning or the afternoon. Since most all Cambodian children, who are able to attend regular Cambodian schools, can only afford to attend mornings or afternoons (the Cambodian schooling system treats this as the norm), this flexibility allows such students to make use of the services the ELMA school offers without missing classes at their regular school.
A set curriculum is followed, with children being assigned to class according to their current level of expertise in English.
The school exists and continues to run by donations of money and resources, and the school has much respect and gratitude towards those who have helped and continue to help. Mr Sing is very proud of the school’s library which only exists due to the extraordinary support and good will of a few well remembered supporters.
There is always opportunity to help out at this school, whether as a short or long term teacher or as a provider of much needed resources and funds.
The Elma School for Children has active co-operation and support from Sambour Village’s state schools.
(Registered Charity No. 1142456)
The Elma School employs 7 full time Teachers. Sann Sieng, the School Director is incredibly proud of the work that they do and is constantly looking for new and engaging ways to educate the children. The school provides English education, morality classes and now Maths to over 400 local children.
The Elma School Director
Born in Sronal Commune, Siem Reap Province, Sieng is the oldest child among 5 children. Sieng graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Build Bright University for Education and Language. Sieng speaks English, Japanese and Tai.
Kimrithya graduated from state school and also took a bachelor degree in Information Technology from Build Bright University, Cambodia. Kimrithya also completed GEP level 12 from Australian Center for Education, Siem Reap. Kimrithya teaches English and basic computer skills at the ELMA English school. Kimrithya is also responsible for the school Curriculum and Teaching Development.
Chenda lives in Veall village, Siem Reap. Chenda graduated from high school. He is a teacher at the ELMA school and teaches English 2 hours a day. He is also responsible for the sports club which he runs 3 days per week.
Sophean lives in Chrey village, Siem Reap. Sophean graduated from high school in 2013 and is currently studying at the University in Siem Reap. She is the oldest child in her family. Sophean has been teaching at The Elma School since 2013. She also takes the dance club for an hour a day.
Channoeurm lives in Phnov Village, Siem Reap. Channoeurm has a daughter and has been teaching at The Elma School since 2010.
Komnith graduated from Build Bright University with a bachelors degree in Education and Language. Komnith is the Assistant Director and English teacher at the ELMA school. He is also responsible for teaching 3 evening clubs and 3 English classes per day.
Samuth is the first son in family. He was born in Salakomruek commune, Siem Reap province and graduated from Pedagogy school in Siem Reap province. Samuth teaches English at ELMA for 2 hours a day and art club one day a week.
Soeurt is 22 years old and lives in Chrey Village, Siem Reap Province. Soeurt is studying at the South East Asia University and teaches at the ELMA school and also enjoys taking the music club in the evenings.
Channy lives in Chrey village, Siem Reap. Channy has 3 children (two boys and one girl). Channy is the kindergarten teacher and librarian.
Vichika Broy lives in Sambour Village, Siem Rap. Vichika is a music teacher and has been working in music since 2009. Vichika teaches up to 20 children to play all of the musical instruments.
Sokpanny was born in 1995 in Sambour Village, Sambour Commune. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife, she has three sisters. Teachers at Elma comment that Sokpanny learns very quickly and they hope that one day she would like teach the younger students at school.
Sokpanny on Elma School; “ I thank Elma School for helping me to learn English, I come here because I want a bright future. My family is so happy, we have no money, but I can come to Elma and have an education. This is very important.”
Mr. Kong Rathy, age 38, and Mrs Mom Soka, age 38, are parents of Elma student Sokpanny Kong: In addition to Sokpanny they have 3 other daughters aged 18, 15 and 7. Mr. Kong is a rice farmer and Mrs Mom looks after her family. They live in a small hut in Sambour Village. Mr. Kong says of Elma; “I’m so happy about the Elma English School, all of my children have been keen to learn and it is their dream to be able to speak English but I have been unable to pay for them to go to school as we do not make enough money from this farm, but Elma is free and so they have many opportunities”. Mrs Mom; “ My eldest daughter works on a golf course in the town (Siem Reap) she struggled to learn English and did not have the real opportunities. Now I see Sokpanny practicing her English and it makes me so happy, she is very good and can now even teach the younger children. I would like her to continue and become a good teacher. This is possible with Elma”.
Po was born in 1990 in Phnou Village, Sambour Commune. His father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife, he has three brothers and three sisters. He has been studying at Elma for two years and according to his teacher, shows excellent potential.
Po on Elma School; “My family is not rich and could not afford to send me to study as the other schools are very expensive for us, so I’m happy that Elma is here. I hope Elma will help me until I know English well enough and I try to be a knowledgeable student. I really love this language and I want to be teacher in the future.”
Miya was born in 1991 in Sambour Village, Sambour Commune. His father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife, he has four brothers and four sisters. Miya has studied at Elma for 1 years and has made excellent progress, his teachers comment that he has great potential.
Miya on Elma “ English is the second language in the world of Cambodia, if I know English well it will be easy for me to communicate. I’m learning but I always want to improve, I want to stay at Elma and I would like to be like my teacher and find a good job. Last year I could only speak a few words, it was very difficult to learn but I try my best for my studies. I want to help my family. I don’t want to let this golden opportunity slip away, no one can help you if you don’t help yourself”
Soeurt was born in 1992 in Chrey Village, Sambour Commune. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife, she has two brothers and two sisters. She has studied at Elma for two years and is now confident enough to begin to teach younger students at the school.
Souert on Elma; “Since I was tiny I wanted to learn English but the school was far away, I didn’t have a bicycle and my family do not have money. When Elma school opened I was happy and I knew that this was my only hope for an education. Now I can read English well and I’m improving my writing and speaking everyday. I hope that when I finish Elma School I can get a good job, I want to be a nurse and I hope to please my parents, they speak to me about how much an education can help our family and they are so happy when they see me practising English”
Mr. Chean Plock, age 39, and Mrs Bun Sam, age 39, are parents of Elma student Soeurt Plock: In addition to Soeurt they have 4 other children age 18, 16, 13 and 9 years. Mr. Plock is a rice farmer and Mrs Sam looks after her family. They live in a small hut in Chrey Village, Sambour Commune. Mr. Plock says of Elma; “ I am very happy that Elma opened in this area, there has never been a school like this before and we always hoped that there would be a way for our children to have an education that was free. We can not afford to pay school fees as we are very poor farmers, but want our children to have a brighter future and support our family” .Mrs Sam says; “ Education is so important, it is the only way to escape being poor and so I always try to motivate Soeurt at home to practice her school studies, I know she is a strong student and I would like her to follow her dreams. If she wants to attend University then she should be able to. I am thankful every day to Elma School”.