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A Map to a Bright Future: Japanese Language Teacher Shuji Matsuoka
Meet the People
12m 06s

Broadcast on January 15, 2020
Available until January 15, 2021

Cambodia's economy has been growing rapidly, but the effects are not being felt in some regions, and a wealth gap is widening. In farm villages, many children are losing their motivation to study as their parents cannot afford to buy textbooks or stationery for them. In an effort to change this, Shuji Matsuoka has been developing educational materials that help children to learn through play and delivering them to elementary schools free of charge with the help of local people. The program features the endeavors of the Japanese 39 year old to help children discover the pleasures of learning.

photo Shuji Matsuoka delivers educational materials free of charge to elementary schools. photo Shuji Matsuoka photo The map can also be used as a game. The children take turns rolling the dice and try to be the first to travel around Cambodia.