BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
H.E. Rafael Dochao Moreno, EU’s Resident in Phnom Penh, said that the European Union (EU) will provide 31 million Euros (about US$ 40 million) for the improvement of the education system and quality in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The main objective of the project was to help improve and promote Cambodia’s education system and quality as well as reduction of the poverty in the country.
“The European Union is pleased to provide a total of 31 Million Euros for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport in strengthening and improving the education system and quality in Cambodia,” he said during his opening remarks at the Mainstreaming Forum on Safeguard and Land for schools on September 17th in Phnom Penh.
He added that this EU’s education improvement project will be implemented by the Cambodian Ministry of Education Youth and Sport from 2011 to 2013.
H.E. Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, has appreciated with the EU’s hard works and support in working to improve and strengthen the education system and quality in Cambodia. He added that so far, the European Union has been helping his ministry lot such as improving access to the quality primary education for Cambodian street and out-of-school children; child friendly school development project; and project on developing the literacy environment in order to improve the quality of education and to combat illiteracy in Cambodia.
According to the EU’s document and report, the objective of EU’s improving access to quality primary education for Cambodian street and out-of-school children project aimed to contribute to the development of Education for All in Cambodia through the improvement of access to quality primary education for Cambodian children in difficult circumstances. The specific objective of this project is to support the sustainable integration of street and out-of-school children (5 - 14 years old) from Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham into the public school system through the development of Non-Formal Education (NFE) methodologies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
The child friendly school development project aimed to improve capacity in Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport to build a national Child Friendly School policy framework and to improve educational practices as key components of the national poverty reduction strategy. The target groups are 33,802 primary school level children (15,364 girls) in 40 schools and 6 districts across Phnom Penh Municipality and Kampong Cham Province and their teachers (500 teachers/ 266 females).
And the project on developing the literacy environment in order to improve the quality of education and to combat illiteracy aimed at improving the quality and the efficiency of primary education in Cambodia by using school libraries as tools to reinforce the learning process of the students. The project will extend the network of school libraries to the 16 provinces not yet covered by them. In addition the project will address illiteracy in three provinces by supporting the Education for All Centers in the communes in these provinces. The project will also produce and disseminate new books in Khmer, adapted for the educational needs of children, youth and adults in Cambodia.