Development of a Reading Environment to Improve the Quality of Education and Fight Against Illiteracy in Cambodia

Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kep, Takeo, Kampot and Kampong Cham provinces



A recent research by UNICEF in Cambodia found the out of school children rate for 5 year olds is at an exceedingly high rate of 71%. Almost half of all students enter grade 1 late, and 54% of students who are of secondary school age remain in primary school. The problem is more severe in rural areas, which represent 85% of all at-risk students, or 1.2 million children. In Cambodia, the school survival rate through Grade 9 is 37.2% and the adult literacy rate is 73.9% (IBE, 2011; UNESCO, 2012). In addition, while many children do attend school, they are failing to learn. Finally, external consultant evaluation found all AEA target schools at all grade levels score below the national benchmark.


Global Objective

To catalyse improved reading, learning and teaching standards in Cambodia through the roll-out of a suite of quality e-learning applications.


Main Activities

  • Improve reading ability as a result of regular access to Khmer LEARN for 44,400 children aged 3-11 years
  • Develop / upscale the apps, and coordinate installation
  • Train 1,656 pre-school and primary teachers in delivering core subjects, following provision of tablet-enabled structured e-training course and face to face training.
  • Mobilize and train a community of new and existing young writers, publishers and developers to support the development of relevant digital education contents for the target children
  • Coding education content into Epub 3 formats
  • Strengthen the writing industry in Cambodia as a result of increased availability of e- books that comply with industry standards.
  • Increase in smooth transition of pre and primary education students in targeted schools, due to improvements in reading and teaching, as well as community level support for culture of learning.
  • Promotion/marketing campaign and national learning workshop.



Samphors Vorn, Country Program Director

Location /
Duration / 2011-2019

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