Our support of Care for Cambodia is still new but in the short space of time that we have been involved in their work, we have trained their village teachers to think of teaching and learning through various theoretical models and “lenses”.
At the same time, during one particular visit, we engaged the children in pretend (socio-dramatic) play, enacting stories from social or everyday scripts that were both relevant and meaningful to their worldview (e.g. fishing from the river, cooking for the family, visiting the doctor). By reducing the hierarchical distance that can sometimes exist between (adult) teacher and child, we saw a strong emotional rapport develop, expressing itself in trust and greater verbal dialogue overall.
We cannot wait to return to Cambodia to do more!