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Cambodian Salesians start new high school

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January 22, 2015

cambodianEDUCATION - Governor of Phnom Penh Pa Socheatevong opened the new building of the Don Bosco High school in Teuk Thla village in Sen Sok district in Phnom Penh on December 15.

Although students come from different groups, an atmosphere of peace can be built together, said the governor while opening the school.

Since the school was built with the assistance from people of different countries and many charitable organizations, this effort will help develop the human resources in Cambodia according to the standards set by the Cambodian Ministry of Education, he said.

Sister Teresita Garcia, the representative of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco schools in Cambodia and Myanmar said that in 1997 at the request of parents of students, the school expanded the facility of general knowledge from primary level to high school status.

Sister Garcia said donors from in Singapore, Italy, Slovenia, Japan and few other countries as well as funding agencies and similar associations abroad funded the construction.

The school is meant for students of 7th to 12th grade. The three new buildings consist of two-storeys each with 26 rooms. The first building consists of a training hall, sports, arts, a conference rooms and certain outside-of-class activity facilities.

The second has a lab and science facilities including, house-keeping rooms and a canteen. The third consists of classrooms, staff room and also a dormitory for students.

Present at the function were Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusleur of Phnom Penh, Bishop Enrique Figaredo of Battambang, representatives of donors, teachers, students, the local government authorities and members of the public in the area.

The Salesian Sisters arrived in Cambodia in 1992, working in the areas of education, focusing on children and youth. Today, the Salesian Sisters carry out pastoral activities in Phnom Penh and in Battambang. They have four pre-schools, two primary schools, one high school and three vocational training schools for women.

Source: UCA News, January 12, 2015

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