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Don Bosco Technical School Kep (DBSK), also called Don Bosco Kep Hatrans, is the Don Bosco Foundation’s project in Cambodia to provide technical training for young people with no economic resources. Students of both genders are selected, especially from rural areas and impoverished communities in Takeo, Kampot and Kep. However, students from other Cambodian provinces and even nearby countries can also apply. Kep is also the headquarters for Don Bosco Kep Children Fund (DBKCF) that supports the region’s children in their efforts to study, aiming to prevent them from leaving school and becoming the targets of child exploitation.
The Don Bosco Technical School and DBKCF is a community of Salesians, lay mission partners, youth and children, living the spirit and method of St. John Bosco for a new civilization of love.
- Give young people the opportunity to get a two year technical education which give them a better chance to get a job and thus improve their standard of living.
- Provide conditions for underprivileged children in Kep, Kampot and Takeo provinces, through DBKCF, to continue their studies up to 12th grade.
- Offer technical education to poor young people who find difficulty in joining the national stream of development, so that they can break out their cycle of poverty.
- Offer technical programs that are needed in the modernisation of Cambodia and its economic growth. These include Media Communication, Information Technology, Hospitality and Tourism, Secretarial Science and Electrical.
- Fight Cambodia’s modern evils such as domestic violence, child abuse, child labor, child prostitution, drugs, HIV, human rights abuse through education and prevention.
- Educate young people in social communication and journalism as a way to give them tools for a new generation of reporters with ethical principles, sensitive to the needs and development of their country.
- Produce Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) videos and audio material for social campaigns and trainings.
- Contribute to reducing Cambodia’s digital gap by producing materials in Khmer for people to access on the internet.
- Provide professional personnel for office administration.
- Train students in hospitality for the growing tourist industry in the country.
- Provide training in arts such as sculpture, painting, drama, and dance to young people and children as a way to protect the Khmer cultural legacy.
Target Groups and Impact
Young people who have finished 12th grade. These youth are from rural areas with limited economic resources, are orphans, and/or abandoned youth from the Kampot, Takeo, and Kep provinces. Younger children in similar circumstances are sponsored through DBKCF in order for them to finish 12th grade.
We believe that protection, care and promotion of the environment is a funding root of any formation and education of children and youth. Don Bosco Kep is based at the Kep National Park and thus it is within out goals, missions and objectives to involve our students in environment programs. The goals of our programs are the following ones:
- Waste management: educating children and youth in a deep conscious on the need to manage garbage in a proper way, worry for the damaging impact of plastic in the environment, preventing the contamination of water sources, air, earth, sea and jungles. We promote the reduction of plastic usage.
- Awaking the sensitive of our children and youth in knowing, protecting and promoting animals and plants, especially those that are endangered and in a most particular way, the local fauna and flora. The rich natural ecosystems of Kep and Kampot provinces include a wonderful nature of sea corals, mangroves, water sources, hills, jungles and endemic species of births, reptiles, fish, mammals. Our students are invited to participate in programs for the protection of these environments.
Cambodia is a country made by ancestral cultures and traditions that we need to protect, preserve and promote. The usage of the Khmer Language is important because it is one of the most ancient living languages of the world. Inside Cambodia, besides the dominant Khmer culture, there are also other indigenous communities such as Cham, Jarai, Kreugn, Tampung, Pnom, Kuy and many other very small ethnic groups, many times unknown to the general public.
Our students must know and protect their ancestral cultures and it is possible throughout the practice of traditional music, dances, fine art, traditional customs and the remembrance of ancient tales.