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Qatar inks MoU on $13 million support for school dropouts

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Qatar Fund For Development signs an MoU with the Ministry of Education by video conference in support of out-of-school children across 25 provinces. MoEYS

The Ministry of Education and Qatar Fund for Development on Thursday signed an MoU for more than $13 million to support children who have dropped out of school to access education.

The MoU was signed by Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron and Khalifa Bin Jassim AL-Kuwari, director-general of the Qatar Fund for Development via video conference.

Ministry of Education spokesman Ros Soveacha told Khmer Times yesterday that this MoU is to help Cambodian school dropouts to access education.

He said that the fund has provided $13,823,383 to strengthen primary education by focusing on vulnerable children and is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 of not leaving anyone behind.

“The purpose of the project is to continue to help children by ensuring equitable education to improve lifelong learning opportunities,” Soveacha said.

According to the Qatar Fund for Development website page, the MoU is to support access to equitable, quality education in Cambodia for close to 12,000 “out-of-school” children across 25 provinces.

According to the Ministry, the MoU reflects the cooperation between the Ministry and the Qatar Foundation for Development. Naron expressed his gratitude to Jassim AL-Kuwari for his commitment to helping Cambodian dropouts at the primary level.

Meanwhile, students in Phnom Penh and Kandal province will return to school today after the “November 3 incident” came to an end.

Naron announced for schools to continue strict implementation of safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During a press conference on Thursday Naron also said that the ministry will keep the scheduled date of the National Grade 12 Exams on December 21.

He added that all public and private educational institutions must continue to implement the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of schools to stem the spread of COVID-19 such as maintaining social distancing and wearing protective masks.

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