On December 5th 2012, Aide et Action Cambodia was awarded a medal (Sereiwath) by the Royal Government of Cambodia for its valued contribution to the protection of the right of persons with disability, as well as the promotion of inclusive education for children with disability through the organizations work in Cambodia.
The medal which was endorsed by the Cabinet and signed by the Cambodian Prime Minister, was presented to Mr. SamphorsVorn, Country Program Coordinator of Aide et Action Cambodia, by the Minister of Social Affair, H.E ITH Sam Heng, in Phnom Penh during the International Day for Persons with Disabilities closing ceremony. This event coincides with the National Conference on Disability Inclusive Development and the launch of the World Report on Disability and Ratification of the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disability by the Government of Cambodia.
In receipt of this award, SamphorsVorn stated: “this medal represents the joint commitment, cooperation and solidarity of AEA staff, partners, sponsors and donors who strongly support our work. Their tenacious efforts allow children and adults, in particular children with seeing and hearing impairment and those with intellectual disability, to access education which otherwise would not be accessible.”
The recognition that Aide et Action has received by the Royal Government of Cambodia has come at an ideal time. Since its presents in Cambodia since 2003, Aide et Action in collaboration with the line ministries, local partners and communities endeavors to improve the access and quality of education, promoted the early children care and education, promote the inclusive education for children in special needs, especially the deaf or blind children as well as the children with intellectual disabilities.
The organization remains committed to developing programs which contribute for the achieving education for all goal as well as enhance the protection and social inclusion of persons with disabilities nationally.