Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged all ministries to continue work on improving literacy in order to achieve sustainable development goals by 2030.
To mark National Literacy Day on Saturday, Mr Hun Sen said government officials must continue to develop Cambodia’s human resources by improving literacy in order to ensure an increase in living standard.
He added that in the past, efforts were made to expand the scope of literacy with the participation of various stakeholders such as ministries and civil society organisations.
“All ministries, institutions, learning centres and pagodas must create educational programmes and lifelong learning programmes for literacy and vocational training,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Mr Hun Sen also encouraged those who lack education to consider vocational training in order for Cambodia to achieve its 2030 development goals.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said on Saturday that literacy plays a pivotal role in improving the lives of Cambodian citizens.
“Literacy opens new opportunities to those who want to achieve in life,” Mr Chuon Naron said. “Those who can read can continue to study skills valuable in life and attend programmes aimed to increase their capacity.”
In 2015, the ministry collaborated with its partners to launch a National Literacy Campaign. The campaign aims to increase the literacy rate to 84.4 percent.
The ministry said that the campaign has helped 92,125 people become literate thus far.
The Interior Ministry has also participated, training prison officers to teach prisoners how to read.