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From a child of a refugee camp to establishing a school

Stemming from his experience struggling as a child to receive his education, young Cambodian scholar, Seng Rithy, braved many obstacles to establish a learning institution of quality that doesn’t cripple parents’ savings - Golden Bridge International School of Phnom Penh (GBISPP).

The school provides academic education in three languages (English, Khmer, and Chinese) to Cambodian children, as well as international students, with care and quality.

GBISPP was founded in 2014, and during these past three years, has established two other branches. The overall students in each branch is about 500 children, coupled with teachers of all nationalities from England, the US, as well as 50 Khmer staff. “I’m very proud because we want to see these beloved children’s future shine with education, and build an even brighter one than their predecessors,” said Rithy.

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The number of children enrolled at GBISPP is increasing at a fast pace, and the school continues to see requests from parents for the school to expand to elementary level and higher.

GBISPP has successfully expanded to elementary level and currently has 100 students. He explained that, “GBISPP’s vision is to provide care and the right knowledge, especially in the English language field, by following the systems in England and Singapore, but still withholding a price that is affordable for parents in the middle-income bracket,” Rithy added.

Having gone through a lot of struggles in pursuit of education in his childhood years, this 34 year old founder was born and raised in a Cambodian-Thai border refugee camp in the 1980s. Rithy recounted funny stories in his younger years when he spent about six years for his bachelor degree, and four years more for his masters degree. “In a way, this is my experience of success because I wasn’t rushing to finish just to get a degree. On top of that, I spent a lot of time absorbing full knowledge from my college and graduate degree, and I have taken that knowledge to teach it to other students in famous universities in Phnom Penh,” he concluded.

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