Learning World: Learners Revisited
Part 1 - Rebuilding a Life in Haiti, Haiti
Do you remember Raynane? She’s a young Haitian who lost her leg during the 2010 earthquake. We first met her when she was nine years old and reluctant to go to school because of her trauma. Five years on Learning World goes back to see how she is doing.
Thanks to an artificial limb provided by a French charity, Raynane is now able to go to school, play and live the normal life of a young girl, like her twin sister and all her friends in the neighbourhood.
“My friends also encourage me. They don’t make fun of me.
They say to me that I have had an amputation and that’s all. I will always be Raynane and nothing has changed. I was happy when they told me that,” she says.
Part 2 - Arts for Social Change, Cambodia
This week, Learning World returns to Phare Ponleu Selpak (or Light of Art school) in Cambodia. The school has changed a lot over the past five years. It now hosts 1,500 students, teaches activities such as drawing, theatre, graphic art and circus skills. The aim of the school is to address a population of young people faced with abandonment, drugs, prostitution.
The school started out as a drawing workshop in a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border in 1986. After repatriation, PPS was founded in northern Cambodia in 1994 by the original teacher and students of the first classes.
The 1984 classes tried to help children express and overcome the traumas of the war perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. Today, it has developed into a fully-fledged arts school with impressive facilities. Their purpose is, as ever, to help underprivileged street children regain self-esteem.
“This training helps young people to progress in the field of art, but also, it allows young people to find their national identity and to revive our art,” says Det Khuon, the current artistic director of the school.