Unlock access to education
UNICEF works with the government and other partners to give all children equitable and inclusive access to education. This means tackling the barriers that keep children away from school, such as poverty, remoteness, stigma and discrimination.
Specifically, we support the government to provide: scholarships for children of poor households, so they can stay in school instead of dropping out to go to work; access to quality early childhood education services, especially in rural and remote areas; accessible school facilities for girls and boys, with and without disabilities; schools with adequate water and sanitation facilities, so children don’t get sick from contaminated water or lack of hygiene, and adolescent girls don’t drop out because they cannot manage menstruation hygienically at school; qualified multilingual teachers for ethnic minority students, particularly in the north-eastern provinces; and skilled teachers to teach children with disabilities.
Focus on quality teaching and learning
With the government and other partners, we work to improve the quality of education so that Cambodian children can embark on a life-long learning journey. We advocate for financial investment that allows for better training for teachers, from early childhood through to secondary education. Our mobilization campaigns and training promote positive discipline in the classroom without the use of corporal punishment and we encourage school leaders and teachers to replace violence with positive reinforcement. We also advocate positive parenting in communities.
We help the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in its efforts to revise the national curriculum, including the syllabus, learning standards, teacher training and textbooks, so that 21st century skills are integrated into the Cambodian education system. One of our key priorities is to include health, nutrition and life skills in the curriculum, so that adolescents can learn how to become healthy, capable and responsible adults.
Build leadership and support
From the government level to the community level, a supportive environment is essential to create a generation of young Cambodians who can be active members of society.
Joined by our partners, we work to build effective leadership and management among government officials and education staff. We provide technical training so that officials can budget and plan to create inclusive, equitable, relevant and quality education services, and we help school leaders and teachers plan and allocate their resources more effectively.
But we know that real progress comes from involving families and communities, which is why we work with local school support committee members to promote education among families, and support communication efforts to improve how parents value education. We do this to stimulate a demand for education so that girls and boys are increasingly nurtured by parents and communities to attend and complete early childhood and basic education.