We did it! All the BEA directors and staff made it through our two-day registration for the 2014-15 school year, which will be year number five for us!!! As we've done in the past, we open our registration to all underprivileged youth living in the villages outside the Siem Reap city center. This year, we had over 200 youth lined up along the main entrance of BEA waiting for an interview appointment time card. Registration didn't start until 8am, but the line started from 6:30am. Once we give out the appointment cards, applicants returned at their designated time to complete an application form and two interviews, one in Khmer and the other in English. Those that passed the two interviews were then registered as a new student. By the end of our registration, we had 83 new students who will join our 70 returning students from last year, with almost 60 percent of our students as girls. We'll be starting classes on Monday, September 1, but before then, we'll be buzzing around with last minute preparations for the first day of school!
Nicole is BEA's director.