Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kep, Takeo, Kampot and Kampong Cham provinces, CAMBODIA
Recent research by UNICEF in Cambodia found that the out-of-school rate for 5-year olds is exceedingly high at 71%. Almost half of all Cambodian children 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, where 85% of all at-risk students, or 1.2 million children, are located.
In Cambodia, the school survival rate through to Grade 9 is 37.2% while the adult literacy rate is 73.9% (IBE, 2011; UNESCO, 2012). In addition, while many children do attend school, they are failing to learn. An evaluation carried through externally consultancy found that in the schools we are targeting for action, all grades score below the national benchmark.
This project’s objective is to catalyze improved reading, learning and teaching standards in Cambodia through the roll-out of a suite of quality e-learning applications.
Our main activities to achieve this include:
- Improving reading ability through regular access to the Khmer LEARN platform for 44,400 children between 3 and 11 years old
- Developing and up-scaling the apps, and coordinating their installation
- Training 1,656 pre-school and primary teachers in delivering core subjects, through a tablet-enabled structured e-training course and face-to-face training.
- Mobilizing and training 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 ePub3 formats
- Strengthening the writing industry in Cambodia through increased availability of e- books that comply with industry standards.
- Improving the transition of pre- and primary education students in target 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.