Welcome!

Welcome! សូមស្វាគមន៍!
Countryside Class is a community organization inside Battambang Province, Cambodia, dedicated to developing Cambodia's future through educating and inspiring today's children. Our mission is to teach positive attitudes and values to children through teaching, reading, and community bonds, so that all Cambodian children will be educated and have good character and be able to lead their country and people forward to development.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Khmer New Year Performance and Games at Kampongseyma Pagoda in Wat Kor Commune

Join Countryside Class at Kampongseyma Pagoda, Wat Kor Commune, Battambang Province for our Khmer New Year's festivities. 

On Monday the 14th we'll have
4 - 6pm: Traditional Khmer games
7 - 10pm: Coconut Dance and songs from Countryside Class and a play from World Vision 
10 - 11pm: Dance Party!

On Tuesday the 15th we'll have
4 - 6pm: Traditional Khmer games
7 - 10pm:  songs and an environment awareness program from Countryside Class 
10 - 11pm: Dance Party!

On Wednesday the 16th we'll have
4 - 6pm: Traditional Khmer games
7 - 10pm:  songs from Countryside Class and a circus performance from Phare Ponleu Selpak
10 - 11pm: Dance Party!

For questions, contact us at countrysideclass@gmail.com or 089 224 517


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Hope to see you there!!

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Countryside Class
Environment Project








Introduction
Cambodia is a post-conflict society. The struggles that come with that identity are most evident in the rural communities, where a lack of infrastructure and inadequate education create widespread problems. Countryside Class is aiming at a community level to target these problems proactively by educating the next generation of Cambodia to be critical, social thinkers. Children have the potential to be the greatest agents of change because their youth allows them to be open minded to new ideas and better life habits.

Our newest project has been a goal of Countryside Class since opening its doors in 2010: to address the increasing plastic waste in our village and across the country. Environmental knowledge is not common and smaller communities do not have an easy method of recycling. So the trash builds up along our roads and in our river, or it is burned, releasing harmful chemicals into our air.

We have a plan, but we need your help! Starting this project requires certain start up costs that we don’t have on hand. We need $380 to get this project started and to keep it going. You can read more about our project and see the itemized budget below. Please consider contributing to our first social action project. Our students are extremely excited to do some work in the community, but they can’t do it without your help!

The Coconut Dance


On Sunday March 23, 2014, some of our students performed a traditional Khmer dance, Coconut Dance, at Create Cambodia Arts Festival.

You can learn more about Create Cambodia on their website:

Countryside Class Joins Peace Corps' Create Cambodia Arts Festival


From March 21-23, 2014, some students from Countryside Class were able to travel from Battambang Province to Kandal Province, just outside of Phnom Penh, to participate in Peace Corps Cambodia's 3rd annual Create Cambodia Festival.

Prior to the Khmer Rouge era, Cambodia was rich with culture and arts such as music, dance, theater and film. The arts pulsed through every village, and Cambodians thrived in artistic, cultural expression. Devastatingly, during the Khmer Rouge regime many of these artistic souls were lost. Today, few of the artists who survived make a living by performing or teaching. Today, Cambodian students have little opportunity to access creativity.

In 2012, a group of Peace Corps Cambodia Volunteers started The Create Cambodia Arts Festival to bring together Cambodian students, educators, and professional artists to celebrate and encourage the creative capacities of Cambodia youth. Create Cambodia programming begins in Cambodian villages in the form of student arts clubs. The club members work and create together in their specific art discipline and prepare to perform in their own community as well as at Create Cambodia's Student Showcase.




This year, for the first time, Countryside Class joined with Peace Corps to bring 10 artists to the festival. Our students were able to join with student performers from 10 other Cambodian provinces to watch professional performances from Khmer Arts, Epic Arts, and Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts. They were able to join workshops put on by Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts, Cambodian Living Arts, Colors of Cambodia, Epic Arts, and Skateistan Cambodia.

On the final day of the festival, our students were able to show off their own skills by performing the traditional Khmer dances of the Coconut Dance and the Wishing Dance. They were also able to watch dances, songs, and plays put on by students from around the country. Our students went back to Battambang energized and inspired to continue studying their dances as well as to branch out into other forms of art!






Thanks to Peace Corps Cambodia for this wonderful opportunity!



Monday, March 3, 2014

My Time at Countryside Class

For almost one month starting from December 12, 2013, Philip R. came from Australia to volunteer at Countryside Class. We were so incredibly grateful to have him with us, inspiring our students and helping our teachers continually improve at their jobs. We'll miss him a lot!

Here's what he had to say at the end of his time with us:


My Time at Countryside Class.
I came to teach at the school after I had met Sambath when travelling through Battambang a couple of years earlier. What was most appealing about the school then was the Philosophy that is within the school. The idea that the best thing for the students was to develop a sense of community as well as learning English was great. That concept is definitely what came through. The kids love being there and it’s fun.

The 4pm-5pm class is a lot of fun the kids are incredibly cute and despite all the yelling and screaming they stay on task. I will say though you do need a lot of energy to keep up with them, even if only for an hour. The smiles though are great and I will miss playing the “rub out letter game” [pictured above] and watching how all the older kids would help the younger ones when they didn’t know what they were doing.

The older classes were good as well. Often time just incorporating a game or getting the students active meant that all the students, who are already committed, were even more engaged. With the supportive environment around them all the kids no matter what their level always did their best. The school has a great sense of openness and cooperation. It was not uncommon to have visitors from many different cultures come and do activities. We had drawing and music from some French travelers as well as many games.

All of the teachers, Vattei, Pekadei, Vatey and Sambon all have a great relationship with kids and they are all fun to work with. There isn’t a strict teacher student relationship. The teachers, like the students are all from the local area so they are really close and caring with all the kids. I can’t wait to get back to visit everyone at the school and I wish them all well for the future.

Phil