The Ministry of Education has included a business training programme at 25 high schools across the country to give students the soft skills necessary to create their own jobs or find suitable jobs upon graduation.
Touch Cheour, youth director at the Education Ministry, told reporters after a workshop entitled “Know about Business” on Wednesday that the ministry and partner organisations had been studying the programme for three years and implemented it in five high schools last year.
“We already had this curriculum but it was unofficial. We officially included it because of global development and because entrepreneurship creates a new mindset that helps student be outstanding,” he said.
Mr Cheour added the programme would help students think how to better use available resources.
“We see that foreigners doing business in our country are generating profit, so we want to develop the next generation of youths to enable them to invent things and create items for local and international sale,” he said.
Mr Choeur said the business training programme would expand to all schools across the country over the next five years.
The Education Ministry has already implemented two versions of the business programme, one requiring 120 hours of study in school called the systematic training programme, and a five-day course for people and youth outside school that want to create new jobs.
Mr Choeur said about 2,000 people have already attended the five-day training programme and about 130 students studied the programme in school in 2017.
He said that in 2018, it will be carried out in 25 provinces and cities, with about 500 students receiving training.
Cheang Sokha, executive director of the Youth Resource Development Programme, said yesterday that Cambodia has the best potential in regards to youth resources compared to other countries in the region.
“I think it’s a good thing so after finishing high school the younger generation can create jobs and help reduce poverty,” he said.