Standing under her wooden house, a 31-year-old mother, Mao Tep, greets her 4-year-old daughter Luy Lykai as she returns from her community preschool.
“Thank you my dear,” she smiles with her palms together in responding to her daughter who says “hello mommy! I am back from school.”
Tep and other mothers, including grandmothers and pregnant women, in Rang Til village in Kandeng District of Pursat Province, attended a parenting training program to learn how to improve their children learning, hygiene, nutrition, protection and care. She found that her behavior has changed after the training. Now she doesn’t threaten her children to do things or go to school but instead takes care to use nice words, encouragement, and interacts with them more.
“Every morning we teach them how to wash their face, brush their teeth and set up their bed before getting dressed for school,” Tep said. “We also answer most of their questions that we know, for example, color, animals or birds that live in our village. Before, we rejected or sometimes we shouted at them when they asked so many questions. They were scared.”
The training provided to Mao Tep and others is part of the home-based ECCD program of the ECCD for Floating Villages Project. This project is supported by the Japan Social Development Fund, administered by the World Bank, and implemented by Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization in Cambodia. The project aims to improve access to quality ECCD services through community and home-based programs for children 0 to 5 years old, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, in the targeted areas.