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Factory library targets workers left behind

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French NGO SIPAR inaugurated a learning centre in a textile factory in Bavet city. KT/ Sum Manet

French NGO SIPAR on Tuesday inaugurated a learning centre set up in a textile factory in Bavet city, Svay Rieng province as part of its initiative to help increase the country’s literacy rate.

Workers at Top Sports Textile Limited are encouraged to visit the centre, which includes a library, during their break. There they can access one of several tablets and borrow books in order to study and improve their reading and writing skills. The company will also hold training sessions at the centre to help workers who are left behind.

SIPAR director Hok Sothik said so far 18 learning centres have been set up in 18 different factories, with the Top Sport Textile factory as its latest entry.

Mr Sothik said the NGO has been working for the past three years to bring learning centres to factories across the Kingdom.

“Bavet is one of our targets and Top Sport has about 500 workers – they will gain knowledge from the library,” he said. “We see most workers are from rural areas and most of them are ill-educated, while employers need more competent workers – they want workers who can read and write.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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