During the month of May, Sipar association came at the Angkor Silk Farm and other rural workshops to perform reading shows for our artisans’ children. Both children and their parents shared entertaining moments of learning.
Sipar is an NGO created 22 years ago to fight illiteracy in Cambodia’s countryside, notably by giving public reading and shows to rural children. Thanks to their nicely customized mobile libraries, Sipar’s volunteers travel into Cambodian villages to pass on the taste for reading to children, and even adults. Volunteers distribute books and tell traditional stories which are parts of Khmer culture and folklore.
As Artisans Angkor and Sipar share the same goals of development and empowerment through education, it was only logical that a partnership between the two would be undertaken. This cooperation was quite a success as it gathered about 120 children, from 2 to 6 years old, during the two days Sipar readers came to visit Artisans Angkor. Parents also attended to the performance, becoming more and more numerous as they heard children laugh.
What happens during a show? It all starts with a magic trick to catch the attention of the kids and then continues with a colorful puppet performance that usually amaze children. The entertainment keeps on with the reading of a short story illustrated by animated drawings. Finally, to conclude the session, books are handed out to children and parents so that they can read them together sharing a privileged moment.