Over the month of May, we in Balbriggan ETNS were lucky enough to be involved in a partnership between ETNS and PEPY – a Cambodian NGO working on education and youth empowerment in Cambodia. Since September some classes had been learning about Cambodia and the work of PEPY and the partnership came to a fantastic conclusion for the year when four representatives from PEPY came to visit Ireland for three weeks. Kimsru, Manin, Ronouch and Channa came to Balbriggan ETNS and delivered assemblies to the whole school and did workshops on the history and education system in Cambodia, Buddhism, Khmer dance and Khmer wedding rituals. It was a great experience for everyone – we all had learned a huge amount, had lots of fun and made some new friends!
Later the next week, two of the classes from BETNS (Jenny’s 2nd and Sheila’s 4th) went over to DPETNS for the grand finale Cambodia Fun Run. Each class in DPETNS (plus the two from BETNS) ran a leg of the journey from Siem Reap to Dublin. Sheila’s Class ran from Berne to Warsaw and Jenny’s Class ran from Balbriggan to Donabte. Check out some of the photos here!