Main barriers to education
- Teacher shortages
- Lack of schools and classrooms
Interventions to barriers
- Enrolement & retention iniatives
- Leadership capacity building
- Research & advocacy
Cambodia considers education to be an indispensable component of long-term term peace, security, sustainable development, economic growth and political stability. Though poverty in Cambodia has decreased by 28 percent from 2007-2011 and the net enrolment of girl students reached 97 percent in 2012-2013, an education sector that cultivates the growth, aptitude and ability of each child is yet to be realised. In response to demographic pressures (population growth is thought to be 1.67 percent annually) and the country’s development aspirations, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has opted to invest in pre-school through tertiary and non-formal education.
Of the issues facing Cambodia’s education sector, access to and quality, as they pertain to the basic primary cycle, figure prominently. Moreover, teacher training and professional development lag and are often cited by the government as essential to a sound education system.
To address the needs of the country’s education sector, EAC has partnered with UNESCO to conduct policy-relevant analysis, advocacy and scale up flexible-learning strategies at the primary level. EAC and Aide et Action have partnered with 17 NGOs that specialise in education to increase access to the OOSC population across Cambodia’s 24 provinces. This initiative will have a programmatic focus on the ten provinces with the highest numbers of OOSC. Also, EAC and United World Schools (UWS) are working together to increase access to quality primary education in Cambodia’s most rural areas. Specific project activities include the cultivation of an enabling physical environment and financial access to education; research and policy advocacy; capacity-building initiatives for School Support Committees and the Commune Councils for Women and Children to lead enrolment campaigns and mapping exercises; and school construction and global education partnerships.
Geographic Location: Southeast Asia
Languages: Khmer (official)
The Education for All: An Integrated Approach project involves enrolling and retaining children in primary education in all of Cambodia’s 24 provinces with a focus on the ten provinces with the highest number of out of school children (OOSC) and implemented by a 22-member consortium comprised of an array of development partners.