Kep Governor Khen Satha gives the certificate to Lyheng, Front Office senior graduating. At the center Fr. Albeiro Rodas, Don Bosco Technical School Kep’s Rector.
Kep Province — CAMBODIA – Friday, September 06, 2013. The governor of Kep Province, Mr. Ken Satha, presided the first graduation day of the new Don Bosco Technical School in this Cambodian region, 164 kilometers south of Phnom Penh over the Gulf of Thailand and near the Vietnamese border. The technical school opened in October 2011 to attend young people from Kep, Kampot and Takeo provinces and began with a group of 40 in the sections of social communication and hotel skills to lost only 4. The group that left at the end of June for training, has been engaged in different jobs especially in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in hotels, radio stations, television channels and web development companies.
‘During the last two years we have seen a lot of constructions and we congratulate the school for its success in creating a complete center for this province of Kep, as well as we thanks the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia for thinking in young people from this province by opening a new technical school,‘ said Governor Satha.
The first group of past pupils from Don Bosco Kep in the sections of social communication and hotel skills with Kep Province authorities and school leaders.
The Technical School has been developed in a land belonging to Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia since 1999 where there was a school of sewing for girls of the region until it was integrated to a wider educative training project. ‘More than 100 girls were trained in sewing during this period,’ said Mrs. Vanny, who has been for more than 10 years in the place leading the Margarita Tailoring Center.
Two years of development for the youth
Different donors from countries like Germany, Netherlands, United States and Luxembourg have made possible the construction of centers such as the Angkor Borei for social communication, office administration, IT, English ASL, the male students residence and a radio station that still to be done. In 2012 Mr. Piet de Visser and his Foundation for Cambodia of Netherlands gave to the female students the Piet de Visser Women Center or Banteay Srei Girls Hostel. Donors from Germany made possible the installation of more than 120 solar panels to guarantee power for the technical school working in sustainability. The Stichting Scholenproject Cambodja of Rotterdam and Wilde Ganzen Development Cooperation in the Netherlands provided with the construction of the art section, the Don Rua youth hostel, the audiovisual studios installation and a second solar panel. The European Patent Office provided with two academic huts and the school restaurant and different benefactors through the Don Bosco Missions of Bon in Germany supported the farm program, water system, electrical installation and furniture. The Salesian Missions from New Rochelle, USA, has sent different containers with material for the school and different persons and organizations have provided support for the laundry and the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Other benefactors that has supported the Don Bosco Kep center since it has been opened in 2000, do not forget their attention to it such as the ones of Sawasdee Foundation, Hatrans and many others.
Governor Khen Satha donated four trees to the Don Bosco Kep Boulevard during this graduation day to commemorate the event and to remind the duty to care the Kep National Park.
The process is not finished though. Still to improve the sport areas, to create the male teachers and volunteers hostel, the agriculture section and the hotel school at the sea side that would be a guarantee for sustainability and training of this Don Bosco’s project. The new development of the National Road 33A let the school’s gate and fences under the road level, creating a need to repair it soon before raining can flood the campus.
‘We are sons of Don Bosco and like him we believed in Providence and the good heart of those who believe that supporting children and youth is the best way to break poverty, violence, social evils like human trafficking… risks that are always near when children and youth live under poverty,’ said Fr. Albeiro Rodas, the rector of the school and director of the development projects.
With the Graduation Day, the Don Bosco Technical School closes for vacations and it will be open after Pchum Ben Festival on October 7 with new programs. The hotel skills will have culinary and food and beverage, there will be the program of art communication & graphic design, office administration (formally secretarial) and agriculture. The Don Bosco Kep Children Fund intends to increase its number of children in the region taking care of the most vulnerable. 150 new students will join the school by October to reach a number of 250.
Governor Khen Satha, Fr. Albeiro Rodas and Mr. Henglay with the new graduating technicians behind one of the trees to commemorate the event.
The different sections integrate youth from both genders to promote women empowerment and for this reason there are the 3 first girls to join the electrical department in October.
The campus is design in a way to create a social impact that should integrate not only the formal students of the technical schools but also children and youth from the region through different short courses of English, computer, sport activities, the internet cafe, a children park and different activities where the community of Kep and Kampot especially are always welcome.