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Where does Teacher Ahzarone come from?
Teacher Ahzarone was a student who lived in a rural area of Southern Cambodia. He rode water buffalo there and lived a simple jungle life. He graduated from high school in 2000 and did not have the chance to get a higher education. With no choice but to make money, he left his home to work in construction the next year.
This gave Teacher Ahzarone a firsthand view of the struggle that many rural, impoverished, students faced. He understands their mindset and is able to communicate better with them because of this. What about you? Do you think you know poverty?
How did we get to know Teacher Ahzarone?
He learned about SOLS 24/7, and decided to take a chance by leaving his job and joining the SOLS 24/7 community centre in his province. He studied hard, and went to the SOLS 24/7 Main Training Centre in Phnom Penh within six months. He was promoted to Student Leader and later progressed to be a SOLS 24/7 teacher.
Teacher Ahzarone was able to progress so quickly because of his quiet determination. He was never the most outspoken student. He was never the student with the best marks. But he was the student who always showed up. He was consistent and committed at every stage of his journey.
How did Teacher Ahzarone grow?
From his teaching placement, he returned to SOLS 24/7 Phnom Penh. He was in charge of the school accounts. He then became the principal of the Main Training Centre. Because of his dedication, Ahzarone was sent on an international exchange program to Malaysia in 2004. He was then given an international job, helping start SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste. During his two year posting, he set up and ran the largest computer lab in the country, at SOLS 24/7 Dili Main Training Centre.
Teacher Ahzarone never shied away from extra work. He looked for it and took it whenever he could. He grew because he was committed to improving himself and had the right mindset.
Did Teacher Ahzarone stay in the office?
No. After his posting in Timor Leste, Ahzarone returned to Cambodia and continued his work, bringing agricultural technology to his community. He also volunteered for a Korean NGO, ‘GoodHands’ and was awarded by the NGO and his community for his outstanding contributions.
Teacher Ahzarone refused to become set in a single area of work. He did a lot of different work. This allowed him to better understand the overall difficulties faced by communities. By refusing to be stuck in an office, and spending time in the field, Teacher Ahzarone learned how to help people more effectively.
Where does this legendary Teacher, one of ZICO ASEAN’s 40 Under 40, now work?
He returned to work with SOLS 24/7 in 2011. Now on an international posting in Malaysia, he is the Executive Director of the SOLS Academy of Innovation (SOLS.ai).
He works in the office, but also teaches students and is careful to not become out of touch with the people he serves. We are incredibly grateful for his continued service.