-Aide et Action, Cambodia-
In close collaboration with other local and international organization, AEA organised a Global Action Week for Education Campaign in Cambodia from 24th to 30th of April, which is focused on the theme of education financing.
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a global civil society movement that promotes education as a human right, and advocates to ensure that governments deliver free, quality, public education for all. Through this direction, Cambodia joins together with national and regional coalitions around the world to call for increased investments in education so that all people, including the most marginalized, can realise their right to education.
The primary aim for the 2016 campaign is to urge the Cambodian government to increase the national budget for education to ensure equitable, inclusive and quality of education and learning opportunities for all. This includes raising the budget for education to at least 20% of the national budget, or 4% of GDP. The campaign will identify concrete recommendations to strengthen education financing, and highlight particular areas where targeted investment will be needed to improve education quality and expand access to marginalised groups.
To do this, a series of public events are carried out during the week. On the 25th of April, a press conference was organised to launch the campaign, on the 27th of April, a national workshop on the topic “Working together for better education quality” will facilitate a policy dialogue on the key mechanisms required to improve education service in primary and lower secondary schools. On the 29th of April, the first radio talk show on the topic “Out of School Children and Education financing” will be held at Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the second radio talk show will be held on the topic “Financing for SDG4 Education for 2030 in Cambodia” at Radio France International (RFI). At the same time, our provincial partners will organize at three provinces of Koh Kong, Battanbang and Kampong Cham with the same message.
These activities will bring together civil society representatives, government officials, development partners, youth leaders and media outlets to call attention to this urgent issue and take joint action. The contribution and the recommendations from this special event will published and submitted to the government for taking on consideration.
The Global Action Week for Education Campaign in year 2016 was launched on the 25th April 2016, which focused very much on the theme of education financing. The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) which is formed by global civil society to promote education and advocate to the government to ensure free access and good quality public education for all.
Mr. Lam Socheat, of Aide et Action Cambodia also highlighted the CCOSC project which is supported by Educate A Child, and is working with Ministry of Education Youth and Sport and coordinate with 22 implementing partners to enroll over 57,000 students across Cambodia.