Support for the schooling of children excluded from education

Concept

A targeted strategy for the re-integration of marginalised children in the educational system.

Context

Education remains a dark spot in Cambodia, Asia’s youngest country, where 46% of the population is less than 20 years old. While the number of schools and education budgets is gradually increasing, the persistent poverty in rural areas (56.5% of the population earns less than 2$ per day) is leading to the continuation, from one generation to the next, of a vicious circle of failure and educational exclusion among the most disadvantaged sections. The lack of interest in school on the part of parents, themselves not very educated, the high costs of schooling, the practice of keeping girls at home, isolated homes, ethnic minorities, learning deficiencies or difficulties, etc. worsen the problem. 220,000 children of schoolgoing age are not enrolled in primary school.

The project

Getting marginalised children to school and enabling them to stay in school calls for providing support to the entire educational system so that it can meet their specific needs. The schooling of all children also calls for sensitising families about the need for education and for building the community’s commitment, so as to eventually develop local actors who make the project their own.

Implementation

– Mobilisation of 900 young local volunteers (school enrolment campaigns, advocacy for lowering schooling costs).

– Improvement of the school environment (infrastructure, libraries, etc.).

– Inclusive education classes, second chance programmes and those for the reintegration of these children in the mainstream school curriculum (child friendly).

– Training teachers in inclusive education and in tutoring pupils facing difficulties.

Project location / Rural areas in 5 provinces of Cambodia
Region / Southeast Asia and China
Area / Access and quality of education
Duration / 2013 - 2016
The project covers / 12,000 children, 540 teachers and school principals
Project manager / Samphors Vorn
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