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Annual Report

Year ended 30 June 2012

Change begins with Education

ANNUAL REPORT TO JUNE 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Contents

A. INTRODUCTION TO SEEBEYONDBORDERS......................................................................................3

B. A REVIEW OF THE YEAR ..................................................................................................................6

C. ACTIVITIES DURING YEAR TO 30 JUNE 2012 ...................................................................................9

i. Teach the Teacher Workshops.................................................................................................... 9

ii. Better Schools ........................................................................................................................... 11

iii. Getting to School program........................................................................................................ 13

D. FINANCIAL INFORMATION ............................................................................................................15

i. The Organisation....................................................................................................................... 15

ii. Financial Review of the Year ..................................................................................................... 15

iii. Summary Financial Statements ................................................................................................ 17

iv. SeeBeyondBorders Foundation Australia: Board Members .................................................... 22

E. OTHER BODIES ..............................................................................................................................23

F. COMPLAINTS.................................................................................................................................23

Contact Us:

T / F: +61 2 9960 7077

E: info@seebeyondborders.org

W: www.seebeyondborders.org

A: Suite C, 9 Crane Crescent, Mosman, NSW 2088, Australia

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A. INTRODUCTION TO SEEBEYONDBORDERS

SeeBeyondBorders is a non-profit social enterprise that aims to provide children in Cambodia withaccess to quality teaching and learning at school. Founded in Australia in March 2009, we trainCambodian primary teachers, develop school infrastructure and support local families trying to educatetheir children. Our vision is of Cambodian children empowered by education.

SeeBeyondBorders has formed relationships with well-established organisations in Cambodia, withwhom we develop integrated programs to support our objectives.

Our objectives Our programs

We: Train local teachers through workshops and

mentoring programs; Develop school infrastructure; and Support families trying to educate their

children.

Our initiatives are:

Teach the Teacher program Better schools program Getting to school program

We are committed to respecting and engaging local communities, to sustainably improving educationstandards in Cambodia, and to franchising partners and volunteers to help shape our approach. Weencourage our supporters to contribute their time, skills, and money to initiatives run in collaborationwith our Cambodian communities and partners, linking overseas expertise and resources with localcommunities in need.

We offer direct participation in a number of projects where volunteers and teachers work together withlocal communities to help support and enrich one anothers lives.

VISIONCambodian children empowered by education.

MISSIONTo provide children in Cambodia with access to quality teaching and learning at school.

VALUES1. Generosity of spirit (by virtue of our wealth and privilege, we have a responsibility to those in need)

2. Justice & equity (honest and fair dealings with all people, regardless of similarities or differencesincluding but not restricted to gender, ability or disability, culture, or religious belief)

3. Dignity & respect for difference (all people are of equal esteem, we learn from others & help otherslearn, including but not restricted to those who may be different due to gender, ability or disability,culture, or religious belief)

4. Openness to all systems of belief that respect and nurture life (independent of religious or politicalaffiliation)

5. Authenticity and transparency (always searching for better ways to deliver effective programs witha responsibility to ensure openness in communications and accountability for our actions)

6. Enduring Legacies (through a commitment to local partnerships that lead to Cambodian autonomy)

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OBJECTIVESSeeBeyondBorders objective is to provide children in Cambodia with access to quality teaching andlearning at school. Our aim is to improve education levels for students, which will in turn lead to:

1 Improving primary school attendance rates;

2 Reducing drop-out and repetition rates;

3 Assisting more children to enter the appropriate grade of school at the appropriate age; and

4 Encouraging more children to progress beyond primary school.

We believe that achievement of our goals will contribute to the Millennium Development Goal ofbuilding an education system which secures a brighter future for its graduates and is fully attended tograde 9. We applaud the Education First initiative launched by the Secretary General of the UnitedNations in September of 2012. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's opening remarks were:

Education is the basic building block of every society and a pathway out of poverty. More educationmeans less vulnerability to extreme poverty and hunger; more opportunities for women and girls; morehealth and basic sanitation; more power to fight HIV, malaria, cholera and other killer diseases. Indeed,progress on education brings progress on all of the Millennium Development Goals.

STRATEGYOur Strategy is founded on Cambodias priorities. SeeBeyondBorders recognises that developingeducation in Cambodia is a complex and continuing process, best undertaken in tandem with theCambodian National Child Friendly Schools (CFS) initiative. This government initiative embraces content,strategies and principles aimed at providing basic education from grades 1-9 (ages 5-14 yrs). The CFSinitiative embodies a response to the Millennium Development Goals; the National Plan for EducationFor All; the Education Strategic Plan (ESP); and the Education Sector Support Program.

SeeBeyondBorders recognises the importance of the objectives inherent in these different documentsand fully embraces the six dimensions of the CFS policy:

1 Access and Inclusion education is accessible to all children, especially those in poor and difficultcircumstances (including orphans, girls, drug/violence/HIV/AIDs affected children).

2 Effective Teaching and Learning teachers have theoretical and practical knowledge thatpromotes active, creative, and child-centred learning, in a joyful and harmonious environment.

3 Health and Safety children are cared for, healthy, safe and protected from violence at school, inthe family and in society.

4 Gender promote awareness of the responsibility to provide equal and equitable opportunity forboth girls and boys to participate in all activities in school, family and society.

5 Community Involvement - enhance the dynamic relationship between schools and communitiesso that schools, families and communities are active resources for each other.

6 Management - ensure the CFS policy is embraced and implemented in all schools, and all levels ofthe national education system work together to improve the quality of education.

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In embracing these dimensions, SeeBeyondBorders has adopted the following practical strategies:

1 Identify communities where our programs can contribute to locally driven educational outcomes.

2 Provide Cambodian teachers within those communities with the skills and tools to teach to thenational curriculum in an engaging and empowering way.

3 Improve the physical environment/facilities within the communities within which we work toraise respect for the education system.

4 Assist families with the immediate issues that prevent them from sending their children to school,help raise school attendance and encourage a positive attitude to learning in the community.

5 Broaden Australian corporate support for children and their educational needs in Cambodia.

6 Use the education platform to address other immediate issues such as personal hygiene, healthand nutrition, which underpin childrens ability to develop and learn.

7 Increase our support base by leading Australian visits to Cambodia, to see the need and theimpact which direct action can have, and so facilitate engagement with Asia.

8 Encourage Australians who have been to Cambodia to reflect on their own values system andprovide long-term support for the communities they have visited.

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6.

B. A REVIEW OF THE YEAR

TEACH THE TEACHER PROGRAM2012 has been a year for developing, refining, and expanding our programs. Some key milestones havebeen the introduction of a mentoring system and the development of Memorandums of Understandingwith key partners that underpin the way in which we work together.

In 2011 we did our first review of the take up in the classroom of teaching methodologies covered in ourworkshops. With this knowledge and in li