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two second-year Harpswell students in a tuk-tuk with eva Pilipp, an austrian leadership resident, on their way to a film screening at Bophana audiovisual resource center in Phnom Penh.

He says the schools that are assisted by Caring for Cambodia instill much more of a sense of equality between boys and girls than other schools in the area, where boys’ education is most valued and girls may attend only for half a day, or drop out to work. And sometimes something as simple as building a girls’ bathroom can encourage them to attend school. One of the goals of the Caring for Cambodia schools is to set up a career corner so students can learn more about the job opportunities available for them if they receive a good education, Morra says. At the Caring for Cambodia schools, “the kids are engaged. You see so much more energy,” he says. There are also plans to evaluate teacher training in Caring for Cambodia schools compared to that at schools where the NGO is not involved, he says, and for Lehigh students to meet with representatives of international organizations like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to get a bigger picture view of education in the country. The Caring for Cambodia schools tend to have more female teachers than comparable schools, and they often have 50 students in their classrooms. Le-

Education is needed to help break the cycle of poverty, and by better educating women it helps lower the child mortality rate and the birth rate.

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high wants to work with them on developing their classroom management skills, and encouraging more group work, rather than having teachers just rely on lecturing because the classes are so big, Silova says. Parents also are more involved at the Caring for Cambodia schools, she says, and mothers will attend preschool, along with their children, where they can see the benefits of education and have “greater motivation to keep girls in school,” Silova says. Lehigh has also recently hired Sothy Eng, a professor of practice of comparative and international education and a Cambodia native, to help with their work. At Lehigh he’s teaching classes on Cambodian education and culture to help Lehigh students when they head abroad. And in Cambodia, one of the main challenges is helping mothers to understand that girls are worth the educational investment, Eng says. Mothers tend to think there are fewer job opportunities for young women, they’ll just marry and move away and not help support their families, and they worry about their daughters’ safety, particularly if they have to travel long distances to school. But education is needed to help break the cycle of poverty, he says, and by better educating women it helps lower the child mortality rate and the birth rate. Many parents have low levels of education because the Khmer Rouge often killed those who were well-educated. For parents and students, “they don’t know how big the world is and what opportunities are out there,” Eng says. NGOs and universities can have a major role in “inspiring them to see something outside IE their villages.”
SuSan ladIKa has been a journalist for more than 20 years, working in both the United States and Europe. She is now based in Tampa, Florida. her last article for IE was “building a literate World” in the September/ October 2011 issue.

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Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
Finding a Home in Higher Education
Promoting Peace Th Rough Partnerships
New York University Becomes a Global Network University
International Education Fairs
Education Abroad
A View From Out Here
In Focus
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