11.5564° N, 104.9282° E
23 young women
19-20 years old
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2017
Education First Cambodia empowers and supports bright, underserved young women from remote rural areas through a top university. Raised amidst traditional customs that place little importance on girls’ education, these young women are often the first in their villages to finish secondary school and attend university. For these young women, we designed an immersive 5-day program of critical thinking, surveying and creative problem solving that resulted in the ideation of four university clubs:
- Monoia is an English movie club that inspires change in girls’ minds, hearts and ways of life for a colorful future.
- Navega is an organic community garden that strives to bring happiness to the world through healthy food.
- Talk With Me is a culture club that creates a fun, safe space for students to practice English and build the confidence to achieve their dreams.
- G.O.L.D. (Go On With Learning Development) is a group of higher education advocates who work to transform the mindset that girls don't need to go to school. They mentor and inspire young women in rural villages to finish their secondary education, go to university and be successful.