Aide et Action International, as an implementing partner of Education Above All Foundation’s Educate A Child program in Cambodia, was honored to be present at the momentous New York event on education last week.
Through the Cambodian Consortium for Out-of-School Children (CCOSC) program, which Aide et Action International leads, we help to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) aiming at “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life-long learning opportunities for all” by the year 2030. One of the key targets is to “ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes”.
Improving and ensuring education for out-of-school children plays a key role in achieving SDG4. In Cambodia however, there are significant barriers to children being able to access primary education, resulting in 250,000 of them being out of school. Poverty, teacher shortage and a lack of schools and classrooms, mostly exclude vulnerable children like street children, poor and rural children, children with disabilities, over-aged children and children from ethnic minority groups.
To ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary education, the CCOSC applies an integrated approach, bringing together 23 local and international NGOs working in the field of education in 21 provinces across the nation. Their common mission is to contribute to a comprehensive, inclusive education system that caters for every child. CCOSC partners employ a range of complementary strategies to answer the specific needs of every child. The programme activities are diverse and multi-faceted, including:
- school mapping and OSC identification
- school renovations and building
- accelerated learning programmes
- mobile education
- multilingual education
- non-formal education
- improvement of teachers’ capacity
The event included statements from keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and an exhibition with augmented-reality applications with contributions from:
- HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All
- António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
- E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and co-chair of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates
- Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director
- Jim Ziolkowski, Founder, President and CEO of buildOn
Two senior representatives of Aide et Action International shared the successes of the CCOSC programme at the event:
- Jacky Lumarque, International Board member of Aide et Action International
- Samphors Vorn, Aide et Action Cambodia Country Director (pictured here with Educate A Child’s Executive Director Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi)
The needs of out-of-school children is a growing problem globally, and Aide et Action is delighted to be leading efforts to address the issue. We believe that every child must be given the chance to not only survive but to thrive and reach their full potential, therefore international organizations, NGOs and governments must work together to prioritize education so that every child can be reached.
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