The COVID-19 pandemic is no obstacle for determined Xavier Jesuit School students in Cambodia, who eagerly ride great distances to their campus after six months of school closure. Source: Jesuit Mission.
Staff and students have overcome immense challenges of remote learning, when the Cambodian government imposed heavy restrictions on community life in March to control the spread of COVID-19.
“With the help of mobile phones we have been able to teach classes remotely and deliver worksheets to those who live far away,” said Fr Jinhyuk Park SJ, Director at Xavier Jesuit School and project partner of Jesuit Mission Australia.
Founded in 2015 by Jesuit Service Cambodia, the school is committed to provide affordable, quality education to students from Sisophon, one of the poorest provinces in the country.
This year however, students of vulnerable families fell into deeper levels of poverty and hunger, as casual employment opportunities disappeared with people being forced to stay inside.
“We supported families through income-generating activities such as mask production and distributed 100 emergency packages for the most vulnerable families,” Fr Jinhyuk said.
Torrential rain in October also brought further hardship to many school families.
“It is fantastic news to hear how the school has responded and to see that the students continue to flourish. It seems that no pandemic or flood can slow these students down,” said Helen Forde, chief of Jesuit Mission.
Australians can provide a child with access to a quality education by purchasing a bicycle for them from Jesuit Mission’s Gifts for Change program. Details: Jesuit Mission.
Two wheels of opportunity amidst a pandemic (Jesuit Mission)