INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS

To place our operations on a wider footing going forward, Smiling Gecko is forging partnerships with well-known national and international companies to establish even more commercial operations in the cluster area.

INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS

Teaming up with new partners, Smiling Gecko is currently hard at work to establish additional commercial operations in the cluster area in an effort to create an INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS and, ultimately, secure even more jobs and apprenticeship positions. Smiling Gecko is planning on providing their cooperation partners with an appropriate infrastructure (including comfortable housing with common and recreational rooms for the workforce) which can be used both by the commercial and handicraft enterprises that maintain a regular production and the temporary, regional training centres that are operated by international corporations. By dictating the framework conditions to the operators, Smiling Gecko creates new jobs and apprenticeship positions for the people living in the region that afford them fair compensation and work conditions that are fit for human beings. Spanning areas from construction & architecture to metal, wood, textile and food processing to handicraft, the future operations are intended to form a centre of excellence that promotes vocational training and further education across a wide range of professions. Smiling Gecko is seeking to cooperate with businesses whose operations will complement the existing cluster projects vertically or who are capable of providing services or products needed for the infrastructure of new cluster projects. Aside from reducing cost, these partnerships will help generate additional earnings for the other clusters. Moreover, the interaction between local staff members and outside visitors will strengthen the innovative power and strength of the entire cluster project.

The cooperation with SIKA (Cambodia) LTD serves as a pilot project for the INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS SMILING GECKO as the company is planning on having their staff and customers in South Asia undergo training and receive further education at our cluster project. To this end and as part of the products and services they have committed to render, the company is supplying – free of charge – various subsections for the construction of the Village School Project as well as for other extensions and improvements needed by the other cluster projects.

industrial-education

All opportunities the work and living environment of the Smiling Gecko cluster project has to offer in terms of learning and making new experiences are exploited for educational purposes. The Zurich University of Teacher Education develops programs that teach specific skills of essential importance for the professions offered by the Smiling Gecko cluster project – both in theory and practice. These programs are part of a dynamic curriculum that is made available both to the pupils taking part in the Village School Project and – in the form of course and class camps – to satellite schools in the area. In addition to taking into account the conditions found locally and nation-wide, the curriculum also considers international experiences and the latest discoveries made in educational research. Children and young adults are, thus, given an opportunity to become familiar with a large variety of professions and, if interested, acquire practical experience and expertise in the occupation of their choosing in the context of a dual vocational training system.

These characteristics turn our INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS into a place that serves the dual purpose of education and training facility for industrial operations and training and meeting place for pupils living in the area.

In cooperation with

sika

OTHER PROJECTS

VILLAGE SCHOOL PROJECT

AGRICULTURE FAMILY PROJECT

SMILING GECKO
CARPENTRY

FARMHOUSE SMILING GECKO

SUSTAINABLE GARMENT PRODUCTION

BAMBOO PROJECT

TUK TUK PROJECT

DIRECT AID

SUPPORT OF OTHER NGOS