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  • 1. Classrooms Without Borders
  • 2. Our Mission
    • Classrooms Without Borders works with communities in developing nations to provide free and sustainable education with world-class standards to children and adolescents.
  • 3.  
  • 4.
    • We aim to contribute to the creation of a more balanced world where all students can benefit from the same opportunities to achieve their full potential.
  • 5.  
  • 6.
    • We approach our work in three main ways:
    • • We build schools
    • • We train and support educators
    • • We build networks
  • 7. Our History
    • In 2001 Richard Hicks, a retired teacher, sought to continue his educational calling. He relocated to Battambang, Cambodia with his wife, Bouen Sum, a native Cambodian.
  • 8.
    • There, he established a school - Association for Knowledge Development (AKD), an NGO - with personal and family contributions.
  • 9. AKD School
  • 10. In 2007, the first AKD School closed due to lack of funding.
  • 11.
    • In order to reopen the school and support schools in other areas of the world, Richard’s children Steven Hicks and Pamela Spycher, both lifelong educators, formed Classrooms Without Borders.
  • 12. Current Work
    • The need for high quality schools and expert teachers in Cambodia and other developing nations is urgent.
  • 13. Why Cambodia?
    • Cambodia is still recovering from decades of civil war and internal strife.
  • 14.
    • The Khmer Rouge was the ruling political party of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 and was responsible for one of the worst genocides of the twentieth century.
  • 15.
    • Under Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge tried to take Cambodia back to the Middle Ages.
  • 16.
    • More than a million people – some say up to 2.5 million – died from execution, starvation, disease, and exhaustion.
  • 17.
    • More than one-third of Cambodians live below the official poverty line (less than $1 per day), and although primary school attendance rates are high, less than half of all students complete primary school (Unicef, 2007).
  • 18.
    • Education can easily become a luxury item when hunger and political peril are present, but it can also be a powerful remedy to the effects of persistent poverty and injustice.
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  • 20. Current Work
    • Our focus with the AKD School in Battambang, Cambodia is not only to immediately support the school with supplies, maintenance, and textbooks, but also in the long-term goal of teacher training and building a new state of the art school that will provide comprehensive education in the community.
  • 21. AKD: The Association for Knowledge Development
    • We aspire to create a high quality school with a full program of educational and vocational training, along with room for theater, dance, music, a computer lab, as well as sports facilities, food service, and library facilities.
  • 22. CWB 5-year Plan
  • 23. Year One
    • Raise $40,000 to support the AKD school in Battambang, Cambodia
    • Send U.S. teachers to teach in Cambodia
    • Establish sister classrooms between U.S. classrooms and Cambodian classrooms
    • Work with the AKD community to plan for a new school building
  • 24. Year Two
    • Begin construction of new school
    • Formalize teacher exchange and sister classrooms projects
    • Provide training to AKD teachers and director
  • 25. Years Three through Five
    • Help AKD to become self-sustaining
    • Pursue projects with schools in the developing world
    • Formalize our organization to ensure sustainability
  • 26.
    • There is no doubt English is the international language for business, science, and culture.
    Giving young Cambodians the opportunity to acquire this valuable tool will lead to greater success and development of this emerging nation and economy.
  • 27. How YOU Can Help
  • 28.
        • 1. Make a donation now:
        • • $15 will buy a nice library book
        • • $50 will buy a desk
        • $150 will educate a child for one year
        • $200 will fund a high quality teacher for one month
        • $500 will keep the lights on in the school for one year
  • 29. 2. Hold a Fundraiser:
        • At your child’s school
        • At work
        • At church
        • Online
  • 30. 3. Sell tickets for us for Macy’s Community Shopping Day!
  • 31. 4. Help spread the word!
  • 32. References
    • http://www.icmpa.umd.edu/salzburg/terrorism/wp-content/doc/2007/08/gr4099_khmer3.jpg
    • http://www.mekong.net/cambodia/images/ts_vctms.jpg
    • http://www.wcl.american.edu/hrbrief/v7i1/cam202.jpg
    • http://www.michaelgormley.com/asia/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/PolPot.JPG
    • http://placeholdermedia.com/projects/59revolutions/assets/images/PolPot.jpg