State School Students

Chantha Moniroth

Chantha Moniroth, was born in 2009 and is now studying in grade 5 at Vat Sansamkosal Primary School. Her mother is a vender. She goes from place to place to sell snacks, candy, cakes and soft drinks. Her father is a motor taxi driver, but he does not have a regular income. To make ends meet he also works as a construction worker sometimes. Moniroth has 3 siblings. Her older sister left school in grade 5 to provide for more income for her family a few years ago.

Moniroth has studied at Happy School since she enrolled in grade 1, which was five years ago. She has always studied really hard and got good results the last 3 years. She is very kind and helpful towards her classmates as well. She always makes time to explain things to her fellow students and she has a real talent for it. She also likes to read books for the little kids during break time at school. After school, she helps her mother to sell some snacks and soft drinks, especially during the weekend.

Moniroth told her mother that she is studying so hard to reach her goal, which is becoming a Khmer teacher in the future. She wants to teach children how to read and write. Her teacher at school said that Moniroth is a very serious student and that she always finishes her work well in time. Although her mother doesn’t have a lot of money, she is still committed to help Moniroth reach her goal. She will save some money to support her daughter’s education in the future.

Khorn Kakada

Khorn Kakada is 13 years old and is studying in grade 6 at Vat Sansamkosal Primary School. He lives with his parents and his brother and sister and his grandmother in a small rental room near the school. His step father is a motor taxi driver and his mother works in a factory.

Kakada started in grade 1 at Happy School in 2014. Now, he is in grade 6 at Vat Sansamkosal Primary School. Kakada is a helpful student in the class. He is patient and respectful. Happy School guided him into the state school in grade 4 in 2017. Kakada likes to play football during the weekend.

Kakada’s goal is to have his own phone shop in the future. When he finishes high school, he wants to do a vocational training for his skill.

Khorn Sovanvotey

Khorn Sovanvotey is 10 years old and lives with her parents in Phnom Penh. She is the youngest in her family. She has 2 older brothers. They are also studying at Happy School. Her mother is a factory worker and her father is a motor driver. They all live in a rental room.

Sovanvotey started in grade 1 at Happy School in 2015. She had to re-do grade 1 due to the slow learning progress she made. Happy School has supported her intensively in order for her to catch up with the rest of the class. This way she was able to follow the regular learning path with classmates . In 2018, Happy School sent her to the state school to grade 3. Currently, she is  in grade 4 at Vatsansamkosal Primary School.

Sovanvotey strongly needs support from Happy School because of her challenges with learning. She doesn’t have a clear future plan yet, but she really likes to dance during her free time.

Heng Sokun

Heng Sokun, was born in 2008 and is studying in grade 3 at Vatsansamkosal Primary School. He lives with his parents in a rental room near the school. His mother is a vender. She sells snacks like meat balls and fried duckling. Sokun has 3 siblings and he is the middle child.

Sokun first started in grade 1 at a public school, but dropped out after a year. Then, he started in grade 1 again at Happy School in 2017 where he was an over aged student in his class. He had to re-do grade 1 again due to his high absenteeism. Happy School supported and helped him to go to grade 2. After the physical school of Happy School closed down, he went to the state school in 2018 in grade 2. He has some difficulties to stay focused during the lessons.

Although his parents don’t care much for his education, Happy school wants to help to get a diploma and to study further in his field of interest. He wants to be a teacher in the future.

Khorn Reachborey

Khorn Reachborey was born in 2007 and is studying in grade 6 at Vatsansamkosal Primary School. He lives with his parents in a rental room not too far from school. His father is a motor taxi driver, but doesn’t have a regular income. His mother is a factory worker.

Reachborey started school at his hometown in the provence outside of Phnom Penh, but he could not finish grade 1. then he moves to live in Phnom Penh. He started grade 1 again at the state school near his stay. Then his father always moves to live in different places. Reachborey enrolled with Happy School in 2015 in grade 2. He was integrated in grade 4 at state school. He was  a quiet student in class. He likes to play football all the time. 

Reachborey’s plan is to have his own phone shop with his brother in the future. He likes to repair phones during his free time. After he finishes school, he wants to find a vocational training, so he can start his own business.

Phoeun Pheapbotey

Phoeun Pheapbotey, was born in 2006 and is studying in grade 6 at Vatsansamkosal primary school. She lives alone with her father. Her mother passed away when she was young. She has 4 siblings of which she is the youngest. Now, they all got married and live somewhere else. Some of her siblings could not study due to their financial state. Her father is a Tuk Tuk driver and has a low income.

She started in grade 2 in 2015. She was also an over aged student when she enrolled at Happy School. Pheapbotey is a nice student in her class. She is respectful and kind. She pays more attention in class. Her test results are good. In 2017, Happy school sent her to the state school in grade 4.

Pheapbotey plans to be a singer in the future. She likes singing and dancing in her free time. She also likes to study Math. 

Rom Sanut

Rom Sanut, born in 2011, lives with his grand-parents in Phnom Penh. Sanut has 4 siblings; he is the youngest in his family. Unfortunately, his mother died since he was young. His father is a construction worker in Kampong Som province. Sanut lived with his father. Later, his grandparents brought him to Phnom Penh due to his father could not support the 4 kids very well.

Sanut enrolled Happy School in grade1 in 2017, then Happy School integrated him into the state school in grade 1 again in 2018. Sanut could not pass the exam test due to his slow understanding. Currently, he is in grade 2 at Vat Sansamkosal primary school. He was helpful student in the class but he is quiet. He is polite and good attitude to all his friends.

His grandparents noticed that Sanut is slow learner, though he tries to support him at home. Sanut grows up very fast. Sanut likes to watch TV and play game during his free time. But he want to be a doctor in the future.

Rom Sreyleab

Rom Sreyleab, was born in 2008 and lives with her grand-parents in Phnom Penh. Sreyleab has 4 siblings; she is the third in her family. Unfortunately, her mother died when she was young. Her father is a construction worker in Kampong Som province. Later, he got married with a other woman. Sreyleab was brought to her grandparents in Phnom Penh because her father could not support his kids financially.

Sreyleab enrolled at Happy School in grade 1 in 2016.  the state school in grade 3 in 2018. Sreyleab was a slow learner and had difficulties keeping up with the rest of the class. Currently, she is in grade 4 at Vat Sansamkosal primary school. She is very polite hard working student, but she needs much support from the teacher.

Her grandparents noticed that Sreyleab could not read Khmer well, but she was good at Math. Sreyleab likes to watch TV and play games during her free time. She also likes to dance as well. It was really hard for her grandfather to support 5 kids to go school. That is why her grandfather looked for an NGO to help her. 

She started in grade 2 in 2015. She was also an over aged student when she enrolled at Happy School. Pheapbotey is a nice student in her class. She is respectful and kind. She pays more attention in class. Her test results are good. In 2017, Happy school sent her to the state school in grade 4.

Pheapbotey plans to be a singer in the future. She likes singing and dancing in her free time. She also likes to study Math. 

Soa Punleupich

Soa Punleupich was born 2011 and is studying in grade 3 at Vatsansamkosal primary school. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. His parents works for a local drinking water company. His father can earn more than his mother because he is also a Tuk Tuk driver during his free time and weekend. They live together in a rental room nearby.

Punleupich started at Happy School in grade 1 in 2017. He started in grade 2 in state school in 2018. He is smart and he is helpful and friendly to other class mater. He likes to play with friends and watch TV during his free time. Punleupich wants to be an IT manager in the future. His hobby is cycling near his house.

His parents really want him to finish high school before he starts working. They thank Happy School that their son can study well. They noticed that Punleupich is good boy. His attitude is good and he is respectful at home.

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