The Ministry of Education is cooperating with the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation of Unesco (Unesco-ICHEI) to diversify higher education with more digital-focussed programmes.
The digital education programme is part of the government’s policy regarding the direction of the Cambodian digital economy.
The scheme will focus on digital education enhancement through networking and exchanging digital knowledge. The ministry aims to achieve its fourth sustainable development goal to deliver quality education.
Ros Soveacha, Ministry of Education spokesman, said they have plans to promote digital education through Information and Communication Technology programmes as tools for teaching and learning.
“It aims to ensure that all Cambodian students graduate with knowledge and skills that will help them to continue their studies and work professionally,” Soveacha said.
“I believe the prioritisation of digital education, especially in the context of COVID-19, will push ministries, institutions, development partners and stakeholders to introduce more programmes to uphold this initiative,” he added.
The effort also includes the establishment of an International Institute of Online Education in partnership with at least 10 higher education institutions in Cambodia.
Schools around the country have embraced online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heng Vanda, board director of higher education, said this has helped rapidly increase digital literacy among the younger generation, as it was previously a subject solely studied in Higher Education.
Since 2016, the Ministry of Education and Unesco-ICHEI have been working closely to promote Cambodia’s education.
“Introducing digital education early creates more opportunities for young students to apply their knowledge and enter competitions. If there is more of these programmes focused on digital learning from the ministry, our digital competitiveness will develop exponentially,” Vanda said.
“Society has transformed and shifted towards digital business, commerce and economy, therefore students without digital knowledge could fall behind in contributing efficiently towards our society and economy,” he added.
“I think digital education should be focussed on more and the national budget should allocate more for the sector. Therefore, educational centres and institutions also have to be well educated on digitalisation and technology,” Vanda said.