We have recently received an update from United World Schools about the progress of our partner school in Keo Ropov. Sadly there was an outbreak of Covid19 in Cambodia at the end of March which led to a further lockdown and school closures, including Keo Ropov. Although the school is in a remote part of Cambodia dominated by, sadly depleted, rainforest; it still needed to close and the school has been running a ‘take away’ distance education programme. This means that materials are supplied for students to work through. Additionally, the teachers (outside the school buildings) hold a ‘drop in’ to help the students to get through the work provided.
The school has been attracting pupils and making really good progress through these challenging times with 125 students on the school roll of whom 65 are girls. The school now has seven teachers and a librarian – there are two UWS-trained lead teachers who are supported by five volunteers teachers and volunteer librarian from the local community. This is really positive news as it indicates how far the ambitions of the school are being supported by the local community. The school will reopen fully as soon as it is safe to do so.
As many of you know, the school is wholly funded by Royal High School and United World Schools wish to extend their thanks to our community who have given so generously to keep the school operational through the pandemic. This term we have taken an assembly and held a Non-Uniform Day and will be running several more in-school events over the next half term. Chief amongst these will be our Grand Prize Draw to support the United World Schools Happily Ever Smarter Campaign. The draw will take place in July before the end of term with the chance to win some excellent prizes, including an Australian Gap Year Experience and luxury hotel breaks. All funds raised by the draw will be doubled by the UK government as part of the UK Aid-Match campaign. Tickets are on sale below, please do support us by buying some – good luck to you all!