Sok from Cambodia, is a teacher with Epic Arts, an NGO that works with disabled and non disabled students to reach their potential. Sok is incredibly passionate about the importance of an inclusive education, Sok lost both arms in a Land mine accident at the age 7 and has faced many years of exclusion but has never lost his dream to become a teacher.
1. What is the one cause you wish more people knew about?
I wish more people would see ability not disability. People say to me I have no arms but this hasn’t stopped me, I can drive a motorbike, work in an office, play football, do everything I set out to achieve. Epic Arts promotes this message of inclusive education and that every person counts.
2. What gets you up in the morning?
My mind gets me up in the morning – I decide to get up early so I can read a book before I go to work, I like to read English books ready to teach children.
3. What is an inspirational quote that you would like to share with us?
If you can’t do something the first time try and try again , no matter how difficult – ‘Never give up!’
4. What has been the proudest achievement in your life so far?
To be able to study at higher education. I have an English school at my village for children who cannot afford school – I am very proud of my school and my students. I am also proud to work with Epic Arts who helped me realize my dream.
5. What is your hope for the next year (personal or professional)?
I hope to go to England to share my experience and promote Inclusive Education. I hope to continue to run my small village school, and I hope to graduate with my Bachelors degree and find a scholarship to continue my studies.
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