ROTA Chairperson visits Cambodia to assess school project | Press Releases

ROTA Chairperson visits Cambodia to assess school project
03 July 2013

Reach Out To Asia Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, recently visited the "Hun Sen - ROTA" school, in Kandal province in the Kingdom of Cambodia, to assess one of the largest and most important educational ROTA projects. 

Upon arriving at Hun Sen - ROTA" school, H.E. Sheikha Mayassa was greeted by officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, accompanied by representatives from the local authorities of Kandal, as well as the school officials,  students and teachers.

Following her arrival, Her Excellency toured the school's buildings, and visited the computers lab, students dormitory, teachers housing, meeting room and other facilities. As well, H.E. Sheikha Mayassa listened to the school's acting director briefing on the ongoing modernization and development of the educational process offered to all students in accordance with the vision and strategy of ROTA, that ensures the highest international standards of education.

During her visit, H.E. Sheikha Mayassa also met the school's students who expressed their gratitude by singing folk songs they learned during previous meetings with ROTA Volunteers who visited the school in the previous two years. From her part, H.E. praised the students and teachers efforts in taking advantage of all the possibilities and means provided by the school, while she expressed her admiration to what she has seen of sincere passion to education.

Sheikha Mayassa, who planted a tree in the school's garden emphasizing on the importance of preserving the environment and spreading an environmental culture in the community, concluded her school tour by watching a folk dance performance showcased by a number of students, before heading to the house of one of "Hun Sen - ROTA" female students who had close ties with the Qatari female students, who visited Cambodia earlier.

The student's family expressed their sincere appreciation to H.E. Sheikha Mayassa for visiting the school and for her  attention given to "Hun Sen - Rota" students and teachers.

"Hun Sen - Rota" secondary and technical public school was constructed in Kandal province during the year 2009-2010 based on a Memorandum of Understanding between ROTA and the Cambodian "Monithapana" Foundation during the year 2007.

The school consists of seven buildings, six of which are of 3 floors with a total area of 75 thousand square meters including the Green areas surrounding it. "Hun Sen - Rota" also has many supporting facilities such as the computers lab, the library, the meetings and lectures room, the sports stadiums and the students and teachers accommodation.

In addition, to providing secondary education opportunities, the school strives to offer programs of technical and professional skills for Cambodian youth in consistency with the requirements of the community and the local market.

Commenting on the visit, H.E. the Ambassador of Qatar to Cambodia, Jabor Bin Ali Al-Dosari praised the efforts of H.E. Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, in supporting the education to  the needy Asian countries and her special visit to "Hun Sen - ROTA" school.

Talking to Qatar News Agency, Al Dosari assured that the school which impressed all Cambodians became a giant and educational edifice that represents an important tributary to strengthen the Qatari - Cambodian relations that are currently witnessing a continuous development.

"Cambodian officials, led by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, express their admiration to this educational project built by Reach Out To Asia. The local officials thanked the State of Qatar and appreciated its efforts in supporting the education in the Kingdom of Cambodia", Al Dosari said.

He pointed out that "Hun Sen - ROTA" school, with its beautiful buildings and its distinctive design and educational program, both public and technical, reflects the vision of the wise leadership of Qatar in providing quality and distinct aid to countries in need, whether in Asia or elsewhere.

"What I saw today is not a normal project, but a unique educational monument that makes us proud of  what our wise leadership is offering in addition to the sponsored projects and initiatives launched to serve humans anywhere, regardless of  color, race or religion", Al Dosari added. "The distinct approach in supporting people in need focuses today on helping with education and health as being the two essential basics for the development's advancement".

Al Dosari also praised the wisdom and intelligence of ROTA's officials who chose to build the school near the highway, which is a conduit for those coming from neighboring countries.

For his part, Mr. Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director at ROTA, said that H.E. Sheikha Mayassa’s visit reflects her desire to inspect the project and communicate with the beneficiary local groups. Al Mannai also pointed out that "Hun Sen - ROTA" is not the only project of ROTA in Cambodia, as the foundation supported as well "Kampot" school in the province of Kampot, which provides a cultural education with a focus on the Khmer traditional music, folk arts and vocational training for orphans and vulnerable children.

He emphasized that Hun Sen –Rota school is the first of its kind in Cambodia in terms of multi-facilities and educational programs, a mix between formal education and technical one.

Mr. Tauch Cheuon, General Manager of Youth at the Ministry of Education, Youth and sports said that this educational milestone established and supported by ROTA is in line with the plans set by the Cambodian government which aim to raise education level especially the technical and vocational ones.

 “Our government endeavors to open new fields for youth in the industrial and technical sectors, which witness big growth thanks to foreign investments in these sectors”, he added.

He stated that these new sectors require qualified human cadres vocationally and technically, and capable to deal with the present technology. “Hum Sen – ROTA School is a model example to what education and training in our days should be”.

Meanwhile, Mr. Va Vuthy, from Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports thanked the State of Qatar for its generous support to all parts of Asia.

 “Hum Sen – Rota School will be a major creek to the plans or qualifying Cambodian youth and enhance their contribution in sustainable development” he said.

Mr. Chhuon Samrih, representative of Monithapana Foundation, Cambodian partner of ROTA, expressed his pleasure for the visit of H.E. Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani to the school. “People and students here are very pleased for her excellency visit which will inspire and motivate them to pay more attention and care to education, and benefit from the school capabilities that are not available in any other school in Cambodia’.

 “Cambodia is in deep need for qualified and trained human cadres in the technical and vocational fields, to enter the work market that is witnessing continuous development. This is exactly what the educational programs will focus on” he added.

He noted that Hun Sen – ROTA School is situated in a distinguished area which embraces many small factories. It represents a good chance to enhance technical training programs for students, and job opportunities for the graduates’

Mr. Chhuon Samrih expressed his appreciation in the work philosophy that ROTA is adopting and its strategy to support education in Asia.

Similarly, Leap Skomean, the acting director of the school told QNA, that he is very pleased with the visit to the school. “The parents, students, and teachers were eagerly waiting to meet Her Excellency.  Reach Out To Asia offered them a great opportunity to learn and paved the way for thousands of students to build their future and contribute in the development of their country”.

He emphasized that the school is the first of its kind in Cambodia in terms of facilities and quality of education. It has a well-equipped computer Lab and library. Also, the school has dormitory for students and teachers who come from far regions or areas far from the school.

Skomean stated that the number of students have reached one thousand and more than 90 teachers. He expected that the school capacity will accommodate more than 2500 students in the coming years.

The students of the school thanked ROTA which provided them with good educational environment that enables them to benefit from the advanced technicians and gain skills and knowledge of various modern sciences.

Student Britt Suki said that the school provided the students with important educational facilities, such as the Computer Lab and Library and other Labs. She also mentioned that the school offered her accommodation because her home is far from the school.

She said that in the past she had to commute far distances riding her bicycle to get to the school, but today she stays at school and has benefited from the time saved in learning and making sports, and using the computer and library facilities.

Another student Hing Ining said that the school became today more dynamic in terms of the education atmosphere and different activities and facilities.

She indicated that she enjoyed studying the scientific curriculum such as physics and chemistry, due to the education tools they have at school.

Cambodia is a South-East Asian country; it is one of the countries that ROTA listed on the top of its list. This kingdom is facing many education challenges such as the lack of qualified teachers, finance, and the difficulties to reach into schools, as well as big numbers of students who drop out of school.