On Saturday the 10th of March I will have the honour of being part of the first SeeBeyondBorders delegation to travel to Ireland to represent the NGO.
For the duration of this trip I will be joined by two Cambodian colleagues – our Country Manager Manager Pov and Operations Manager Reasmey. We are immensely looking forward to grasping the unique opportunities which exist in Ireland. Furthermore we look forward to linking up with Cambodian Educational colleagues from the PEPY Empowering Youth NGO. PEPY of course have longstanding links in Dublin and Donabate in particular.
Since its establishment in 2013 the CambodiaIreland partnership has gone from strength to strength and the Donabate community has been the focal point for most Irish activities. We look forward to visiting Donabate and participating in the annual CambodiaIreland Fun Run. Fingers crossed the weather stays dry.
Irish Aid Vietnam has been instrumental in support of the partnership and we in SeeBeyondBorders are proud to be associated with them. The support of Irish Aid has been invaluable and we greatly look forward to meeting Irish Aid Representatives over the course of the two weeks to discuss strengthening collaboration.
Teaching Training Colleges
Over the past eight months we in SeeBeyondBorders have welcomed representatives from Dublin City University and Marino Teacher Training College to visit our NGO in Siem Reap. While in Ireland we look forward to visiting and presenting our work to Anne Looney from St Patrick’s Teacher Training College and Barbara O’Toole from Marino Teacher Training College We are excited about this reciprocal visit and the chance to share our work and the opportunities and challenges which exist here in Cambodia.
By now forging new links with third level institutions it is my hope and belief that we will further enhance development education in Ireland and Cambodia and the teaching and learning around the sustainable development goals in particular.
In November of last year Reasmey and I had the absolute honour of meeting staff from Irish company Horseware in Phnom Penh. Horseware has a factory in Sihnaoukville Cambodia and we are absolutely honoured to receive financial support from this socially responsible company. Led by CEO Tom MacGuinness. Horseware is a pioneering company that specializes in making life easier for horses and riders. As if this were not enough Horseware is committed to improving teaching standards in Cambodia too. Tom is acutely aware of the power of a good teacher and how building capacity among teachers is the most powerful weapon you can use to create positive educational change. Tom’s faith in our NGO is humbling and we cannot wait to visit the Horseware’s operation in Dundalk, County Louth. Furthermore upon our return to Cambodia we look forward to visiting Gerry Rafferty who leads Horseware’s Cambodian Operations and thank him for his invaluable assistance to date.
We in SeeBeyondBorders would like to sincerely thank the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation for supporting this two week trip. This is an organisation which has shown genuine solidarity for teachers and educators working here in Cambodia. Their support should never be underestimated and we are excited about what future possibilities exist with the INTO also.
This trip provides SeeBeyondBorders with a fantastic opportunity to enhance our programs and to create tangible connections in Ireland. I have no doubt whatsoever that Pov and Reasmey will learn a lot while in Ireland. Equally I have no doubt the Irish teachers, children and lecturers will benefit hugely from meeting both men and seeing real development education in action.
Ní neart go cur le chéile.
Pov, Reasmey and Colm counting down the days to Ireland