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Donation of 14 boats will increase and improve school monitoring in remote provinces of Cambodia

Donation of 14 boats
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Keo Sovannareth
Eleven Kanot boats, like the one pictured, were presented to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on 26 March to improve school monitoring in five Cambodian provinces. They were handed over on behalf of the European Union, Sweden and UNICEF.

European Union, Sweden and UNICEF partner to support Government to provide quality education

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 26 March 2013 – Fourteen boats were today presented for use by District Offices of Education in five Cambodian provinces as part of a programme to improve the monitoring of primary schools in delivering quality education. Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Cambodia, Mr. Jean-François Cautain, officially handed over the boats to Secretary of State His Excellency Pith Chamnam, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, at a ceremony in Kampong Chhnang.
 
The programme to improve school monitoring is supported by the European Union, Sweden and UNICEF financed under the Capacity Development Partnership Fund which is designed to assist the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to plan and manage education effectively and efficiently and provide a quality education for more children in Cambodia. 

Making his presentation, Ambassador Cautain said, “Our support through the CDPF puts particular emphasis on those regions, districts and schools that experience particular challenges with regard to school performance because of their remote location or because they are servicing disadvantaged populations.[...] It is important that the Ministry implements specific targeted interventions towards disadvantaged populations to ensure equitable access of quality education for all, as envisaged in the Education Strategic Plan and Education for All Plan.”

Since 2011 the Capacity Development Partnership Fund, worth just over US$14 million, has been supporting the Government to implement its key policies including the establishment of ‘child friendly schools,’ where children enjoy good quality teaching and learning in gender-sensitive, safe, learning environments with adequate water and sanitation facilities.

Donation of 14 boats
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Nick Sells
Three Touk boats, like the one pictured, were presented to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on 26 March to improve school monitoring in five Cambodian provinces. They were handed over on behalf of the European Union, Sweden and UNICEF.

Prior to the hand-over Ms. Kristina Kühnel, Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Sweden said: “Sweden is proud to be part of this initiative to improve quality. We have been supporting education in Cambodia for many years and know that schools have to be visited regularly for monitoring and support to achieve this goal. We believe that using these boats for this purpose can have great impact on education in the villages in and around Tonlé Sap.” 

The boats will enable government district training and monitoring teams to regularly visit remote primary schools in districts along the Mekong river in Stung Treng Province and in districts along the Tonle Sap river in the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and Kampong Thom. The teams will provide feedback to teachers on ways to improve their teaching practice and thereby encourage children to continue in school throughout the year.

Ms. Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Cambodia, said: “This event is evidence of how effective partnerships can expand the benefits of development support for children.  The collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the European Union, the Swedish Embassy and UNICEF is supporting the Ministry’s strategy to ensure that all children can access a child-friendly primary school that functions well with motivated teachers. To achieve this, it is essential that all schools are regularly visited and monitored, particularly those which are hardest to reach or on the water. UNICEF is very pleased that these boats will help to make this happen.”

Presiding over the handover ceremony, Secretary of State H.E. Pith Chamnam, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, expressed his profound gratitude to the Capacity Development Partnership Fund and addressed District Training and Monitoring Team members directly: “These boats are indeed an essential tool for DOEs and District Training and Monitoring Teams in order to perform their work to monitor and support school performance, especially in these remote schools. DTMT members, I therefore encourage you to make the best possible use of these boats and take pride in helping our Cambodian children, all of them, including those that live in remote areas or on the Tonle Sap, to learn more and better in order for them to get more opportunities in life and to reach their full potential as Cambodia citizens’. 

-ENDS-

For more information contact:

Denise Shepherd-Johnson, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Cambodia, Mobile: 012810536 Email: dshepherdjohnson@unicef.org

Pok Poun, Press and Information Officer, EU Delegation to Cambodia, Mobile: 016 33 16 21 Email: pok.poun@eeas.europa.eu

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