In 2003 the Highland Children’s Education Project started in Ratanakiri, Cambodia, opening the first community schools in six ethnic minority villages. Three of these villages were of the Kreung ethnic group and three were of the Tampuen ethnic group.
Lun Pheat, Nen Thu, Vin Sa Chhnoeum, and Ravae Saphea were four girls among the first group of children who started grade 1 that year. They started their studies learning to read and write in their own language and were gradually introduced to Khmer, the national language. By grade 4, 100% of their studies was in Khmer.