Ｗｏｏｄ Ｃｒａｆｔ Ｓｃｈｏｏｌ ＥＳＫ Ｐｒｏｊｅｃｔ
Devastated by the rise to power of the “Khmers Rouges” regime, since 1975, Cambodia has been struggling to rebuild itself, balloted between military and political strife and unrest. Today, peace and security are ensured but poverty is still widespread. Currently, 35 to 40% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Our wood craft school project is a viable response to this problematic situation.
Wood, one of the countries natural resources, is the object of deforestation that is damaging for the environment and often illegal. It is mainly sent abroad in the form of rough timber and when it reappears in the form of manufactured products (doors, stairways, furniture, etc…) on the local market, it is rough-planed or destined for quality goods that are crafted by cross-border workers.
In Cambodia, there are both the natural resources and the consumer needs but the skill and know-how are lacking.
The solution for the future consists of training Cambodians to:
In the aim of
The project’s ambition is to create a Wood Craft School for young boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 20, from the ESK association’s centres for children, in particular, as well as for children in the care of other associations. The apprenticeship will be provided by Khmer trainers and completed by training teachers, voluntary professionals from France. In France, there is a great tradition and skill in this field, passed on from generation to generation. This transmission can go beyond borders.
The project has received the full support of the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, especially in regard to the validation of diplomas, as well as the support of the Ministry of Work and Professional Training. The level of the diploma is approximately equivalent to the French CAP (Certificate of Professional Aptitude), adapted to Cambodian needs and scope and later on the DMA (Diploma of Arts and Crafts).
Training is envisaged to be an alternating combination of theoretical and practical training for classes of 15 apprentices. It will emphasize the work with wood (carpentry, furniture making), knowledge of different woods and their drawbacks and advantages as well as the descriptive geometry. The teaching of design and industrial concepts, the awareness of an intelligent exploitation of resources and eventually the specific teaching of French will also be combined with the apprenticeship of classic carpentry techniques.
The teaching program will be defined with the help of professionals and, ideally, will be divided into approximately 3 month periods in order to take into account the availability of trainers and maintain the motivation of apprentices with alternating periods of practical training.
In the long term, the creation of an artisan’s cooperative resulting from the School will capitalize on the acquired training in order to establish the first elements of recognition of this know-how and self-fund the School (at least partially). In keeping with a durable development process, the training will include the training of Cambodian trainers.
Origin of the funds
Respect for the environment
Adaptability of the training program to
Continuity with social action: the apprentices will be recruited in priority from among the young in orphanages and child
centres supported by associations.
April to June 2006
August to December 2006
October to December 2006