Theme: Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)
Kep and Kandal Provinces, CAMBODIA
Lai Chau Province, VIETNAM
Children from 3 to 8 years old
Teachers, Parents & Caregivers
Over the last decade or so, Cambodia and Vietnam have made considerable progress in making access to education universal, in particularly at the primary school level. This said, Early Education is lagging behind and some challenges do remain in both countries. Chief among them are:
- Limited access to and quality of ECCE in remote and isolated areas where poor, vulnerable and ethnic minority families live. Here, children’s school readiness remains low, which hampers their access to primary school, limits their attainment levels and often leads to dropping out of school altogether.
- Learning environments as well as teaching & learning materials for pre-school classes do not respond to the children’s educational needs.
- Shortage of staff and qualified preschool teachers.
- The importance of ECCE is not sufficiently understood and recognized by authorities and communities.
- A lack of active engagement by parents during early learning and the education process.
With this project, our team aims to ensure access to quality Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) for children between 3 and 8 years’ old in Cambodia and Vietnam, by promoting enhanced teaching and quality of learning, responsive parenting and local ownership of ECCE.
More in particular, we aim to:
- Strengthen the capacity, skills and practices of parents, teachers and local authorities to be more engaged in and accountable for their children’s learning and school readiness.
- Make schools more child-friendly, improve early learning opportunities, and enhance children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development by promoting child-centered pedagogic strategies and improved learning environments.
- Raise awareness in the communities about the importance of early learning and preschool education.
- Increase collaboration, learning and skills sharing between key education actors so ECCE-related policy advocacy is strengthened, including best practice sharing at regional and national levels.
As a result of this approach, we expect to see ECCE in Cambodia and Vietnam taking a leap forward in the following ways:
- Access to improved child-friendly learning environments
- Stronger school readiness and learning outcomes
- Improved child-centered teaching practices and methodologies
- Increased positive and responsive parenting with parents supporting their children’s learning both at home and at school
- Strengthened ownership from local authorities and communities
- More collaboration, learning and experience sharing in Southeast Asia
- Enhanced policy advocacy
iLEAD International School
The Centre for Early Childhood Care, Education and Parenting of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO CECCEP)
Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)