The Cambodia Rural School Project
Mr. Hin Peou is the 41-year-old school principal of The Rieko Yano School. His house is 5 Km from school. He comes to school by bicycle but sometime he comes by motorbike. He has four children: two boys and two girls and they all go to the school.
His wife is a farmer who grows rice and vegetables to support their living. When he has time, he helps his wife plant rice in the rice field during the school vacation.
"I finished high school in 1987 in Prey Veng provincial town," Mr. Hin Peou said. "In 1988-1990, I studied at Prey Veng’s Pedagogy School, it was 60 Km from my house I stayed there for two years."
"I started teaching in 1991 in Kompong Trabek District Prey Ponne second school for 3 years," he said.
"From 1995 to 2004 I taught in Kompong Trabek District in Prasat high school. In December 2006 I was assigned to teach in here The Rieko Yano School. I was promoted to be the school principal in this year 2008," he said.
"I can see that villagers are happy to have this school," Hin Peou said. "The Rieko Yano School in their village is a nice concrete building and safe for their children come to study. They can walk for villages close by and those who live in others villages one or two Kilometers from school they come by bicycles," he added. "In the past, during the King Sihanouk regime, this village had a concrete school build here, but it was completely destroyed by Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979," according to Hin Peou.
"I like teaching because I think that education it the important thing that is why I have to educate young generation so when they grow up they will have bright future," Hin Peou said.
"I find it is a difficult job being a teacher, I have to make sure that all students study hard and respect their teachers and older people and have a good discipline in school and at home," he said.
"I have a yearly program for encouraging outstanding students, we reward by giving them school stationery, if they ranked from number one to number five," Hin Peou said. "After I started this programs I can see that students study harder. I hope that when they grow up they will be educated person help to develop their villages and also build the country," he said.