Cambodian Consortium of Out of School Children

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Context

In Cambodia, about 250,000 school-age children have had no education at all. While universal access to primary education (98% enrolment by 2018-2019) has increased year on year, in reality poor quality learning and inconsistent access for specific population groups – children with disabilities, girls and children from ethnic minorities – threaten the global goal of quality education for all by 2030. Since 2017, Aide et Action has been proud to lead the Cambodian Consortium of Out of School Children, composed of 23 organisations and local partners, which provides marginalised and out-of-school Cambodian children with access to equitable, quality and relevant primary education. Cambodia’s education system faces many challenges: Lack of educational, technical and financial resources; Insufficient and under- qualified teachers; Poor management systems; And many other factors that keep children out of school, such as discrimination against children with disabilities or those that are considered “too old”, remoteness, poor school environments but also migration, exploitation and child labour, and family difficulties.

Project objective

Provide marginalised and out-of-school children (street children, over-aged children, poor children or those living far from school) with access to equitable, quality and relevant primary education. To achieve this, the project supports schools, teachers, parents, caregivers, communities and marginalised children to increase equitable access to primary education opportunities and improve the quality and relevance of existing conditions. Through community engagement, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of education, culture, reading and other social and environmental issues.

Parterns

Damnok Teuk (DT), District Office of Education, Schools, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Provincial Office of Education, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Youth Star Cambodia (YSC).

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Project location / Cambodia - Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Kampot, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh provinces
Region / Cambodia, Southeast Asia and China
Area / Access and quality of education
Duration / 2017 - 2023
The project covers / In 2019, 7,194 children, including 749 “drop-outs” (46% girls) have benefited from this project. 6 new classrooms were built and 25 other classrooms were renovated. 712 scholarships were granted to disadvantaged children and 2,358 children benefited from in-kind support.
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