AISPP Family Fair

Saturday 31st March saw AISPP open their gates to families, friends, and prospective students. Over 20 market stalls were set up with plenty of food and merchandise available for purchase. Everyone was invited to spend the day enjoying the variety of activities on offer. All AISPP thought leaders and staff attended and enjoyed meeting new visitors and catching up with our foundation families. Warm relationships with our community are very important to us.

A popular area of the Family Fair were the activities going on in the the air-conditioned gymnasium. Children enjoyed the bouncy castle, soccer activities put on by Coach Andy, face painting, and balloon animal making with a resident clown! The air-conditioned gymnasium also provided a safe haven from the hot sun. Pony rides were again a hit with the children as they enjoyed riding and stroking the ponies throughout the day.

The AISPP Smart Cafe housed a variety of food and drink options for guests with the likes of Mike’s Burgers, Le Boat, and Krispy Kreme making sure nobody left the fair hungry! Activities such as cookie decorating also took place in the Smart Cafe, encouraging students to get creative and have fun. Market stalls brought the opportunity for visitors to purchase toys, books, trinkets, and even some locally produced natural soap!

Overall, the Family Fair proved to be a big success and provided AISPP with the platform to form positive connections with the Phnom Penh community. We hope you will come along and join us next time!

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Sustainability at AISPP

In our ever changing world, sustainability is becoming more and more of a global issue. As a result of this, AISPP is looking to transform learning, thinking, and action by students and teachers to help build a sustainable future. AISPP is preparing students to become resilient and successful 21st century citizens who will look to implement sustainability practices at both a local and global level. Students at AISPP have the opportunity to learn about sustainability primarily through the school’s organic garden, compost heap, and school-wide recycling policies. Many of the sustainable practices implemented at the school are student led initiatives.

There is an organic garden located on the AISPP campus that uses sustainable techniques to grow fruit and vegetables. Ultimately, the organic fruit and vegetables from the organic garden will provide ingredients for the Smart Cafe. Students have the opportunity to help out in the organic garden through their inquiry units and as part of the R.I.S.E programme. A compost heap has recently been created meaning that students and Thought Leaders can dispose of food scraps in a sustainable manner. The kitchen in the Smart Cafe is now able to dispose of all the food scraps accumulated throughout the busy lunch period!

Students at AISPP have the opportunity to grow and care for their own plants. They are  responsible for watering the plants and making sure that they are getting the appropriate amount of sunlight. Students have put their environmental knowledge to the test by growing and caring for their own chilli, cucumber, and basil plants amongst others. This has proved to be a rousing success.

AISPP is conscious about the amount of paper and plastic it uses and has looked to minimise the use of these materials where possible. Students are encouraged to bring any paper, plastic or cardboard to school for use in class projects and creative activities. Already students have grown accustomed to reusing materials and disposing of materials in the correct manner.

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Plastic Free Cambodia

On Friday 23rd March 2018 Plastic Free Cambodia founder Sarah Rhodes visited AISPP to talk to the year 3-6 students about her work and how they can make a difference in Cambodia. Plastic Free Cambodia has been running since 2015 and currently operates in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (where the head office is located), Battambang, and Kampot.

The near hour long presentation focused on the growing problem with single use plastic in Cambodia, and what the students could do about it on an individual level. Part of the presentation focused on how plastic never goes away. All of the plastic that has come into existence on Earth is still here in one form or another! Sarah also talked about how plastic is also harmful for fish, sea creatures, birds and other wildlife, and how plastic pollution is a major contributor to climate change. The students were engaged throughout and came away from the presentation motivated to make a difference.

A lot of disposed plastic ends up in the ocean. The plastic present in the ocean comes mainly from rivers and there are 10 rivers across the world that contribute to 95% of the plastic in the ocean. Eight of these rivers are located in Asia, with the other two located in Africa. The students were therefore horrified to discover that roughly one-tenth of the plastic in the ocean arrives there from the Mekong River. Sarah showed the students a powerful video showcasing the problem Phnom Penh has with waste and landfill. The video was shot using a drone so it was able to highlight the severity of the problem from an aerial perspective. Students were certainly surprised to see the extent in which the streets and rivers were filled with rubbish.

Sarah also educated students on the need to reuse, recycle, and reclaim. As a society, we consume far too much single use plastic, and this is a major cause for concern in Cambodia. Single use plastic items such as disposable coffee lids, plastic bags, and plastic straws are all items that we should think twice about before using. There are alternatives to these single use plastic items such as reusable coffee cups, biodegradable cassava bags (www.cleanbodia.com), and glass straws. A significant part of the presentation focused on the need to reduce the use of plastic bottles and how using the 20L water dispensers is far more economical and sustainable. Unfortunately there are no recycling plants in Cambodia and recycling is carried out in a very informal way by recycling workers, called Edjai. Edjai collect recyclable items to sell on to others who then export the waste to countries such as Thailand and Vietnam for (supposed) recycling purposes. Sarah did a fantastic job of conveying the problem Cambodia has with plastic use through powerpoint, video and imagery. She was personable and passionate and answered any and all questions posed by the children.

Plastic Free Cambodia conducts workshops for schools, hotels, restaurants, NGOs, and private companies on waste management, climate change, environmental health and eco-systems. They are also involved in a whole host of initiatives and community awareness programs such as Plastic Free July (www.plasticfreejuly.org), which looks to reduce plastic waste created by individuals as well as businesses.

Consider reaching out to Sarah and her team for further information regarding recycling plastic in Cambodia, workshops, community awareness programs or to make a donation using the following contact details:

 

Web: www.plasticfreecambodia.com
Email: contact@plasticfreecambodia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeJulyCambodia
Tel: +855 70 970 536 | +855 17 482 871