Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teachers Are the Core of a Community


Phalla Neang is a teacher and the founder of Phnom Penh Thmey in Cambodia who worked to remove the stigma associated with blindness in her country. “In 1993, Krousar Thmey opened the school and I became the first Braille teacher in the history of the country. At that time, blind people were completely marginalized and didn’t have access to education, because people believed they had sinned in their past life and were incapable of learning. Visually-impaired people in Cambodia are now recognized and have the right to education and the ability to learn. As a consequence, they are much more integrated into society and feel more confident. We also managed to evolve society’s opinion.”


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