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BEEP expansion to benefit garment workers

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Labour Minister Ith Samheng greets a Unesco representative yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

The Labour Ministry and Unesco are aiming to expand the Basic Education Equivalent Project to all factories in the Kingdom to benefit garment workers.


A pilot project in Phnom Penh is now helping school dropouts further their education at their own pace and learn vocational skills.

Sardar Umar Alam, newly-appointed Unesco representative in Cambodia, yesterday met Labour Minister Ith Samheng at the ministry to discuss the expansion of the pilot project.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Nguy Rith, deputy director of the ministry’s labour department, said that BEEP provides training to the general public, but is now focusing more on helping garment workers who are illiterate to learn how to read and write.

“This project will help garment workers who cannot read or write to become literate which will help them to find better jobs,” he said.

Mr Rith noted that the education system is improving and the government has given top priority to developing human resources.

“Unesco and the ministry plan to expand this project to all factories throughout the country in order to provide basic education to the garment workers,” he said. “The project will also teach them mathematics and the English language in order to find better jobs.”

During the meeting, Mr Umar Alam said Unesco is expanding its cooperation with the ministry and the government to strengthen strategies to provide more professional training projects.

Mr Samheng also thanked Unesco, through Mr Umar Alam, for continuing to help the labour sector through projects such as BEEP.

During the meeting, he also requested that Unesco help upgrade the skills of teachers at training institutions run by the ministry.

Mr Rith said Mr Umar Alam said Unesco will work on the request.

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