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Hello, my name is Sovann. I am 14 years old. I currently attend The Mango Tree School and would like to share my story.

I was born in Sra Po, which is a neighbouring village to Tang Khiev. My father is a farmer and my mother used to work in a garment factory, but stopped 2 – 3 years ago when she got pregnant and couldn’t work the long hours. I am one of 6 children!

I wanted to come to the Mango Tree School because they had extra programs, like English, sport, music, and art. They had good teachers and I would get a better education, compared to the local school.

When I first came to enroll at the school, they wanted to make sure that children were in the right grade for their ability. They did tests on me and even though I had been in grade 4 at the local school, the tests said my education was only at the level of grade 1. When they told me I would have to go to grade 1, I ran home and I cried – I was so upset. Luckily my father ran home to get me and explained to me that if I came to this school, it had a lot more teachers and I would get a better education. My father promised me that if I did well in this school, that he would be proud and that he would give me a treat. I still didn’t want to go, but I did, and I studied hard. I also studied at home by myself and helped my younger brother to study. I was then accelerated through the school years and I am now in grade 4! 

When I was in grade 4 in the local school, I couldn’t read the alphabet or speak very well. Now I have just finished grade 4 (starting grade 5), I can read all letters, my eyes are open and I am keen to learn. I am now glad that I went back to grade 1, to learn the things I needed to learn to get to where I am today.  

I have lots of friends at the school. My favourite subjects in the main school are Khmer language and Maths. In the afternoon I like English, Art, and Sport. In my spare time, I play marbles, volleyball, soccer and a game where you hope to catch each other. When I grow up I want to be a teacher. 

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. John 15:15 msg

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