By Seng Leab, UC Student and UCSS President
On November 18, 2010, the University of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS) handed over 230 textbooks and some important documents to the library of Baphnom High School, which is located in Baphnom District, Prey Veng Province. There were different kinds of textbooks, including ones on mathematics, physics, Khmer literature, chemistry, geology, biology, history, English, French, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), dictionaries, and general knowledge. We also provided one hundred copies of The U.C. Bulletin. Those two hundred and thirty five textbooks and materials were donated by students of the University of Cambodia or purchased through funds from our Khmer New Year Celebration fundraising activities.
Many people attended the donation ceremony: Mr. Va Sarun, the Director of Baphnom High School; the school’s Vice Director and teachers; UCSS officers, and hundreds of students. Mr. Va Sarun expressed his appreciation of UCSS and the generous donation. He thanked UC and UCSS for conducting the book donation program and bringing the donations to Baphnom High School’s library.
As UCSS President, I spoke at the donation ceremony and shared information about the project. I explained how we collected the textbooks and materials from UC students, and how we fundraised for additional money. I also explained to students the importance of a library and textbooks.
After the opening speeches, the high school students asked UCSS officers questions regarding their experiences, scholarship, and university life. We provided UC T-shirts to all students who were brave enough to ask questions. At the end of the program, we took photos and had a private discussion.
It was a very rewarding experience for us.
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