In a bid to increase the number of graduates in the Kingdom, the Education Ministry and Unesco yesterday launched the Basic Education Equivalency Programme at three branches of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia in Siem Reap.
The programme is in its pilot stage and it aims to provide alternative education to out-of-school youths in order for them to receive ninth-grade level certification.
In doing so, the Education Ministry and Unesco hope that youths can obtain the knowledge and skills needed to have decent employment opportunities.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron yesterday said Beep allows students to learn using an online-based programme, noting that the initiative is also accessible to migrant workers through Beep’s website.
“It’s a kind of an online programme for out-of-school students,” Mr Naron said. “They can learn 11 subjects anytime.”
“Please help to promote this programme to Cambodian workers in Thailand and Korea so they can get certified,” he added.
The centres in Siem Reap are based in the National Cambodian Youth Centre, Bayon Secondary School and Wash Hand Community.
Mr Naron said he wants students to embrace Beep years later.
“It is historic that Beep has arrived in Siem Reap,” he said. “We want students to come and learn in this digitsed region.”
“This is a sample of what is coming for the next five years,” Mr Naron said. “From now on, this centre must be good so Beep can become an example for centres in the future.”
Unesco representative Sardar Umar Alam said the UN body will continue to work with the Education Ministry to make education accessible.
“We are proud that Beep could arrive in Siem Reap province and Unesco will continue to support this programme,” Mr Umar Alam said. “We hope that this new programme will be successful in helping out-of-school students.”
According to the Education Ministry, Beep offers 11 e-learning courses including Khmer, math, English, information and communications technology, entrepreneurship, tourism, chemistry, physics, gender and basic employability.
Registered students are given free access to the courses and can progress at their own pace.