We kicked off the start of our Halloween festivities this week at BEA with our Great Pumpkin Project! The BEA kids, all 150 of them, are making their own paper maché jack-o-lanterns. It was a massive undertaking for the first phase of this project. It took all of the BEA staff to help cut up thousands of strips of newspaper, mix up 15 huge bowls of flour paste and help students carry their creations down to the library for drying. The library looks a bit creepy now with these hatchling-like creatures. For the BEA kids, it was the very first time in their lives to do such an art activity. Public schools don't have the funding or facilities to include art and music in their curriculum, as well as other types of "hands-on" learning. Even the science classes are without experiments. Even though we're a small NGO school, we try our best to give our kids different types of learning experiences. It was indeed one of the best days I've had at BEA to see the students learning and having so much fun! Phase 2 of our Great Pumpkin Project continues this Thursday with "carving" and painting.
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.