At the White Rose Academy we provide safe pathways for Cambodian children who are otherwise unable to receive a consistent education.
Through our partner NGOs we intervene in the preventable cycle of disempowerment by identifying and rectifying, at source,
fundamental financial and social impediments to a child's education.
What happens to an impoverished Khmer family of 10 when their house burns down, and the wealthy NGO working in their rural community won't help, despite recommendations and pleas from locally-employed staff?
The kids stop going to school, for one thing.
THIS IS A TRUE STORY
The dubious rationale in this case was that helping these people would open the flood gates in the local community,
... that it would encourage more villagers to burn down their own homes.
A more cynical view might be that. for some organisations, profit is more important than a child's welfare and education, even when there is clearly an emergency.
Where is the compassion?
Poverty is an absolute impediment to a child receiving an education in Cambodia.
Often it comes down to something as simple as a family not owning a bicycle.
Living far from a school and the complete lack of reliable public transport means many kids stay at home.
These girls were given bicyles by an ACCA partner to enable them to travel to school.
Their smiles say it all.
Kids who receive bikes are also able to transport their siblings to school, so it's win-win solution.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Do these homes resemble your own?
ADDRESSING POVERTY ISSUES THAT INHIBIT EDUCATION FOR COUNTRY KIDS
THE WHITE ROSE ACADEMY
The White Rose Academy of Arts, Culture, Language and Leadership
seeks to help children living in poverty, providing pathways to quality education, by focusing on:
- Children who, because they are poor, are deprived of their constitutional right to a decent education.
Such children, mostly young girls, are often kept at home and required to work to supplement the income of their families.
It's not uncommon for children in rural areas (especially girls) to receive only two or three years schooling if any.
...This is despite the requirements of official (National) laws governing childhood education.
- Children denied equal opportunities for personal self-development. This is a gender imbalance that mostly affects girls from rural areas.
- Children who will face a lifetime of struggle, social isolation or exclusion, and have little if any real hope of future prosperity and self-sufficiency, given their education deficit in an increasingly competitive world.
- Children who are exposed to harm or abuse, including the risk of trafficking into prostitution or other long-term sexual exploitation and/or violence.
This photo depicts an all-too-common example of the kind of life awaiting young people who miss out on a basic education.
THE ACCA EDUCATION PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE ACCESS
TO INTERNATIONAL QUALITY EDUCATION, WORK-SKILLS TRAINING AND OTHER LIFE-MENTORING PROGRAMS
The goal of our aspirational education project, the White Rose Academy of Arts, Culture, Language & Leadership,
is to make a profound & transformational difference to the lives of otherwise disenfranchised young people ...
those wonderful and hopeful kids from the poorest areas of the Cambodian countryside.
Prospective students checking to see if they were successfully enrolled at a countryside school.
A few of the lucky ones. Education will change their lives forever.
Happiness can't be disguised.
Contemplating his future?
The boy on the left seems almost to be in a state of disbelief at learning he was successfully enrolled!
• EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
• FREE ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARD TUITION
• LIFE-SKILLS & VOCATIONAL TRAINING
• CULTURAL REINFORCEMENT