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Starting anew: School dropouts get chance to study online

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BEEP initiators pose for a photo after the official launch of the first learning center of the new educational programme. Supplied

To further promote education and enhance the capacity of Cambodian youth, The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) held the official launching of the first learning center of “Basic Education Equivalency Programme” on February 17 at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).

BEEP is a joint initiative of UNESCO with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) to provide flexible alternative education to out-of-school youth to complete lower secondary/basic education, equivalent to Grade 9 and enable Cambodian youth to pursue their educational interest while continuing professional activities.

Having a basic education qualification will enable them to build their knowledge and skills for further decent employment opportunities. Supported by the United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) on Youth Employment in Cambodia, BEEP course will be available online on Moodle, an open-source learning management system, and Moodle mobile app now available in Khmer thanks to BEEP in collaboration with World Education’s EdTech Center.

Within this programme, registered students will be given free internet access by Smart Axiata to take e-learning courses and can take courses of their interest and need at their own pace. Successful students who can complete all required subjects and pass required assessments/examinations will be awarded basic education certificate and have a chance to continue their education either at vocational high schools or at TVET Secondary Schools.

Addressing youths and BEEP initiators during the launching last Sunday, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) H.E Hang Chuon Naron emphasised that, “There are a total of 11 e-learning courses, 10 of which are being developed (Khmer, Math I, Math II, Chemistry, ICT, Physics and English, Basic Employability, Gender and Entrepreneurship) for students to choose and learn from. BEEP will be piloted in 10 centers, five in Phnom Penh and five in Siem Reap”.

H.E Chuon Naron added that this learning programme is not only for youths who are still enrolled in school but also for those who are unable to continue their education. The BEEP learning programme would enable them to pursue their education and goals. For those who are already in the workforce, BEEP will give them an opportunity to advance their professional skills,” the minister explained.

“In spite of your backgrounds and the difficulties you are facing, youths who dropped out of school have to really consider this opportunity to pursue their education within this programme because there are some training skills that students can learn in a short period. You can gain and use these skills to earn higher salaries in your workplaces.”

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