United World Schools: Taking EC to Cambodia
At EC, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Responsible behaviour is our signature – it is part of everything we do. EC’s CSR Charter is based on three pillars that guide us in our conduct of responsible business around the world: Sustainability, Education and Community.
EC is proud to partner with United World Schools (UWS) in order to help educate children in post-conflict developing countries. Together with UWS, we aim to:
- Work in complete partnership with local community leaders with support from district authorities and authorisation from national governments to ensure the smooth running of the school.
- Ensure that educational programmes are locally anchored and protect indigenous languages, cultures, and customs.
- Train teachers from within the community with a focus on continual education and mentoring of local UWS teachers, and ensure long term sustainability by pairing schools in developed countries.
- Stimulate global cultural exchange and understanding by enabling those within the EC community to actively participate in CSR development.
Our Miracle Fruit
In 2016, UWS and EC partnered up to build a school in Ban Houy village in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province, home to 165 local children who will now be able to learn music, art, sport, numeracy, and fluency in Khmer, the national language.
The presence of this new school promises to bring education to an underserved village and vastly improve the prospects of Cambodia’s youth. In addition, a new well was also built to provide fresh, clean drinking water for the whole community. Asked about the project, EC's executive chairman, Andrew Mangion, said:
"EC is an organisation that prides itself on putting people first. This incredible CSR initiative, led by our Global CSR manager, Daniel Woodard, is something close to our hearts across the EC family. Children, no matter where in the world they are, have a right to education; to dream big and work to improve their prospects in life. We're simply here to make sure the children of Ban Huoy get the tools they need to do just that."
EC will have its own presence on the ground in Cambodia, with a volunteer programme in place for those excited to lend a helping hand and visit this special school. The first group of volunteers visited Ban Huoy last February for a 10-day CSR trip, helping the community in a variety of ways.