In addition to our English language program, we run "self-development workshops" each month at BEA. They're quite different from our language program since these are actually run in the students' first language, Khmer, and address common obstacles that face all of our students. We decided to introduce these workshops since students often discussed or wrote about causes of stress in their daily lives in their language classes. These workshops provide students with a larger forum to discuss these problems and learn how to address such personal challenges. For our last self-deveopment workshop, students reflected on all of the themes they had discussed throughout the year, and discussed which ones helped them the most in their daily lives. For our upcoming self-development workshops during the first semester of the 2014-15 school year, we'll be taking a look at children's rights, self-esteem and family alcoholism.
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.