Borey Santepheap 2 School

Borey Santepheap 2

Borey Santepheap 2 is located 20 km from the centre of Phnom Penh. It was developed in 2007 to house poor families who were forced to relocate from the riverside slums. The area lacked infrastructure and it was difficult for the families there who often had to travel daily to Phnom Penh for work. In addition the area was home to a number of families with AIDS / HIV who had been quarantined in the Tuol Sombo village.

In 2007 PIO received a request from a community leader at the Borey Santepheap 2 village to open a primary school to provide English classes for the children living there. PIo responded promptly and with the help of several donors, including one of the Board members they were able to build a school for the local children.

Initially the school provided half-day English classes for Kindergarten - Grade 2. The students attended public school classes for the other half of the day. Over time the school expanded and extended its classes up to Grade 5. In addition it provided an all day Nursery class.

The Nursery class became an important feature of the school, allowing working mothers to leave their children at school all day. This allowed the parents to earn more money for their family and to do so without having to withdraw an older child from school to care for the youngest members of the family.

In 2017 PIO arranged for some of the students at Borey Santepheap 2 to study at the PIO school at Stung Meanchey. That allowed the children to study national curriculum subjects, including junior high school classes with PIO.