The Education Ministry yesterday launched the final phase of a multi-year joint capacity development partnership which aims to strengthen the country’s education sector from this year to 2021.
Ministry secretary of state Nath Bunroeun said at the launch that the programme is in its third phase and has helped strengthen the abilities of teachers and students throughout the country.
“The capacity building programme will be implemented throughout the country until 2021,” he said. “The funding will go toward training teachers, especially language teachers at the lower grades, and providing education materials such as computers.”
Mr Bunroeun said the four-year project cost $27 million and he is committed to ensuring that it is implemented successfully.
“The budget will be allocated equitably with the focus being on schools that are disadvantaged in the rural provinces,” he noted.
Known as the Capacity Development Partnership Fund, the programme is a partnership between the Cambodian government, the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United States Agency for International Development, the Global Partnership for Education and Unicef.
Swedish Ambassador to Cambodia Maria Sargren said yesterday that her country is happy to take part in building the education system in Cambodia as it is an important tool in reducing the poverty rate.
“Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than education. If we are to succeed in our efforts to build a more healthy, peaceful and equitable world, the classrooms of the world have to be full of girls as well as boys. Every year of schooling completed by them will be a step towards eradicating poverty and disease,” she said.
The clear focus of the third phase of CDPF will be on organisational and institutional capacity to enable schools, principals and teachers to provide students with quality education.
Nget Suna, principal of Kampong Thma Primary School, said yesterday that children at her school were taught a lot of things, including how to take care of themselves physically, food safety and how to self-study.
“The dropout rate at my school was over 50 percent,” she noted. “Students at Grade 5 and 6 dropped out to be monks and parents rarely took part in PTA meetings, saying they were busy. But after the project was implemented things have improved as more people understand how important education is.”