MoneyGram Foundation Supports Innovative Language Program in Cambodia
MoneyGram Foundation awards grant to Caring for Cambodia to teach Cambodian students 21st century skills
Siem Reap, Cambodia (May 26-27, 2016) MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a global provider of innovative money transfer services, and U.S.-based non-profit, Caring for Cambodia (CFC), hosted a two-day workshop designed to showcase the achievements of a new English as a second language (ESL) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pilot program implemented by CFC and fully funded by the MoneyGram Foundation. The program's innovative course design, a radical shift from traditional ESL curriculum, is supported by the government of Cambodia. In the first pilot year, the program stands to serve over 600 children at five of CFC's 21 schools across Siem Reap.
The two-day workshop provided government officials, principals, local teachers, other non-governmental organization teachers, and representatives of MoneyGram the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of using CFC's award-winning model of international teacher training to bring global best practices in topics related to IT, STEM and ESL to thousands of Cambodian students. These essential skills are vital to combatting poverty and empowering struggling Cambodians to secure employment in nearby countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
"The employment opportunities available to Cambodians expanded significantly following the country's inclusion in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community in 2015," said Jacqueline Lowe, president of the MoneyGram Foundation. "CFC's empirically-based model for teaching helps ensure thousands of Cambodia's youth will be equipped with the language, technical and STEM skills necessary to compete in this newly integrated economic environment. Both CFC and the MoneyGram Foundation are committed to empowering these children through education."
CFC's Teacher Training Program began in 2004 with an innovative partnership between Cambodian teachers and international teachers based in Singapore. Experienced teachers pioneered the program, working in teams to develop and deliver hands-on training at CFC schools. In 2007, the program added annual study tours in Singapore. In 2008, CFC appointed a Teacher Training Director to train Mentor Teachers and oversee the program.
Mentor Teachers are chosen for leadership qualities and proven classroom skills. This initiative fosters professionalism and career advancement, setting CFC schools apart and positioning CFC teachers from preschool through high school as agents of change in Cambodian education. The Cambodian government gave CFC the Golden Hand Award in 2010, the highest award given to non-Cambodians.