The Cambodian Literacy School of San Jose has been in existence for nearly 20 years. A few Cambodian community volunteers and their associates initiated it. Among the earliest pioneers were Mr. Kas Thon and Mr. Ouk Sophorp. They both were instrumental in organizing this organization. They recognized the needs of the community and acted on it. In late 1999, Mr. Ouk's health presented many challenges to him, which ultimately forced him to resign. However, he continues to serve as a substitute, mentor, and advisor. Later, Mr. Sarit Bay and his wife, Sophany Bay, joined the team. Under their leadership and direction and with the assistance of many volunteers, the program rose to a new height. After Mr. and Mrs. Bay resigned in early 2000, Bophal Phen assumed the lead responsibility. The assistance of Mr. Kas Thon, a senior teacher and advisor, has helped transformed Khmer Literacy School to formalize a new structure.
PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIVES AND TEACHERS
- Mr. Perom Uch
- Mr. Bophal Phen
- Mr. Kas Thon
- Mr. Lok Krou Lee
- Mr. Paul Lon
- Mr. Sok Ly Ea
- Mr. Nepar Pen
- Mr. Sovandy Hang
- Ly Ma
- Nida Nuon
- Mr. Ouk Sophorp
- Ms. Monica Pen
Parents for continuous support, encouragement and
bringing children to class regularly.
Literacy Staff and volunteers (Mr. and Mrs. Bay (resigned),
Kas Thon, Bophal Phen, Richard Seu, Chheng Ang, Vidara Sisophon,
Sokly Ea, Vinita Kylin, Dara Kas, Pok Mao, Keo Yim, Jennifer
Manith, and other volunteers) for their valuable time and
Currently, this program has over 100 students and continues to increase every week. The primary goal is to teach children and young adults to speak, read and write Cambodian, as many are beginning to lose their native tongues. Secondly, to preserve and educate Cambodian-Americans about culture, tradition and values, self-identity, history, and literature. More importantly, this program aims to close generation gap by establishing an improved ways of communication between parents and children. In order to satisfy these goals, staff and volunteers have worked meticulously to re-design and tailor the curriculum to meet and accommodate all socio-economic backgrounds. Teachers are continuously trained and encouraged to adapt to new and improved systematic approach of delivering the lessons in a more fun and interactive style. Further, multiple subjects (history, geography, music, sports, etc) are being re-enforced so students will maximize their time. Mannerism is also incorporated in each lesson.
There are five different levels:
Trained and experienced instructors who have many years of teaching experience and credential from Cambodia teach these classes. It is open to the public and has an open enrollment policy. Drop by and register today!!