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In Cambodia, students collect waste to study

In Cambodia, students collect waste to study

In Cambodia, students collect waste to study


The coconut school in Kirirom, Cambodia, built from waste, 1 October 2018 / copy AFP / TANG CHHIN Sothy

Plastic waste as registration costs: at the top of a mountain in a lush national park, a small school was built of tires, bottles and packaging that students collect to study.

Roeun Bunthon, a former street child, is one of them. "I stopped begging, it's like having a second chance," says the 12-year-old, taking notes during an English class.

Sun Sreydow, 10, hopes that this learning allows her to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor.

Coconut School is located almost one hundred kilometers from Phnom Penh, in the heart of the Cardamom range, and is built almost entirely from waste. The walls were built with painted tapes, the roofs with plastic bottles and hundreds of colorful capsules sign the national flag at the entrance of the establishment.

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