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Abstract

What can Australian and New Zealand school

students and teachers learn from a relationship

with a small orphanage in rural Cambodia?

Would it be inspiring and fascinating or tragic

and depressing? Would students be interested

and engaged or would it make extra work for

busy educators already overwhelmed with the

realities of classroom management, curriculum

and extra-curricular activities? These are

questions I recently asked staff in fi ve schools

and the answers were surprising. Unanimously,

without hesitation, they indicated that their

schools had already adopted an orphanage,

were considering doing so or would welcome

the opportunity!

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