Child Friendly SchoolsUNICEF

Photo credit: © UNICEF/2009/Sebastian Rich


CAMBODIA: Hope on the Mekong
In the northern province of Stung Treng, close to the Lao border, child-friendly schools allow a country to rebuild its ravaged education system after the Khmer Rouge regime. These schools actively seek out children who have dropped out of school and give them a chance at education. They also cultivate young leaders who can serve as role models in their community. Chea Bora is nine years old, the middle child in a family of six. He was enrolled in school thanks to the Community Support Committee that works to raise awareness among poor rural families of the importance of education. Kan Buttum is 12 years old, and serves as a leader in the School Committee. She tells us how dramatically her school has changed since the child-friendly schools model was introduced, and shows us how her school can both cultivate young female role models and serve as a foundation to build productive lives for all children.

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