2017 highlights

JWI Volunteers Juliette Boude and Antoine Saad working at PIO in January and February.In May JWI volunteer Hien Le who spent three months working with a Grade 3 English and helping with the Kindergarten Maths program.

Adding a new Kindergarten class at Stung Meanchey, has lowered the student /teacher ratios for Kindergarten and improved classroom management. A revised Kindergarten curriculum will be in place for the new school year and should further improve the PIO Kindergarten program.

Financial literacy classes for Grade 3 - Grade 6 at Stung Meanchey. The classes are run by the Credit Union Foundation of Australia, using Cambodian staff. The students learned about the importance of saving money and budgeting. The cost of the classes ($7000) is covered by a donation from a group from Australia who visited the school in 2015.

Play Around the World group returns to PIO for three months. All Kindergarten and primary classes at Stung Meanchey have weekly sessions of sport and play with this group from the University of Alberta. The program, as always is proving very popular with PIO students.

Signing an MOU with Welwarts a volunteer organization funded by the German government. It sends volunteers for one year placements in Asia. In September volunteer Tom Rost from Germany has joined PIO to work with the Kindergarten classes for the next 10 months. He will be helping with the English, Maths and Sports programs.

The ongoing professional development for staff each Saturday morning led by Teacher Udom.

Two senior students attended the Girls’ Peace Camp in Nepal. This is the second year that PIO students have attended this week long camp for young women from all over the world.

Participation in the Love Carnival, Maybanks corporate social responsibility day for which PIO was the beneficiary. The PIO students performed songs, dance and comedy skits as they entertained the visitors to the event held at the Maybank headquarters in Phnom Penh. Maybank and its partners made a donation of cash and school supplies to PIO.

As part of the English program all Grade 6, 7 and 8 students participate in the Senior Speech Contest. For which they have to prepare a speech (in English) that they presented to their class. The best boy and girl speakers were chosen to speak at the ceremony when the Maybank CEO and Malaysian Ambassador visited the school.

Visit from the Malaysian Ambassador. As a follow-up to the Love Carnival, Maybank brought the ambassador to visit PIO on the National Day of Malaysia. There were performances and speeches from PIO students and a tour of the school. PIO was greatly honored to host our respected guest.


International volunteers from AIESEC ran several workshops for students on environmental issues. They also organised art and music classes for the students. The visit was arranged by the local branch of AIESEC an organization that has partnered with PIO over the past 5 years.

Once again all Grade 6 students have passed the examination for admission to high school. In addition all Grade 7 and Grade 8 students have moved to the next level of study.

Launching of the new PIO website. Designed by PIO School Administrator Mich Kimliang, the website can be viewed in either English or Khmer and provides a wider range of information than was available on the previous website.

Photography volunteer Rick Albertson is spending a number of weeks recording the work and activities of the school. His high quality photos will be used for the PIO website and other promotional material.

Volunteers from the University of Puthisastra dental clinic. The school has benefitted greatly from the treatment provided by senior dental students and dentists from the clinic. The visits are part of the Healthy Kids Cambodia project.

Visits from several school and university groups from Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.