Prime Minister Hun Sen has tasked all relevant ministries, institutions, authorities, educational institutions, learning centres and monasteries to develop lifelong learning opportunities for the people to better their lives.
In a message published yesterday to mark this year’s National Literacy Day, Mr Hun Sen said mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that all citizens are given the chance to have formal or vocational education to improve their livelihoods.
He said those who had dropped out of school should also be encouraged to resume their education.
National Literacy Day this year will be held on September 8 under the topic “Literacy connected with profession” with a vision to develop lifelong learning opportunities for citizens.
Mr Hun Sen said improving people’s knowledge, especially work-related skills, will contribute to improving the national economy and the well-being of individuals and society.
He noted that the Education Ministry has been cooperating with other relevant ministries, institutions and development partners to focus on education reform.
Mr Hun Sen said the ministry has cooperated with the private sector at 11 factories to provide opportunities for workers to access education under a literacy program to help them to perform their work better.
He added that the ministry has also cooperated with the Ministry of Interior to open literacy classes at correctional centres and prisons in the capital and provinces and so far 592 detainees have gained occupation skills through reading, writing, calculation and lessons on how to solve problems related to daily life.
“Children and people who are illiterate or who have dropped out of school, please strive to find ways to attend literacy and skills training courses at nearby community learning centres,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Education Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha, yesterday said that the ministry will follow the Prime Minister’s recommendations and coordinate with relevant ministries and institutions to boost the literacy rate in the Kingdom.
“Learning is the bridge to help illiterate people shine in life through education and professional training,” he said. “Literate people are a catalyst in promoting social, cultural and economic advancement.
Mr Soveacha said literacy refers to knowledge of letters and numbers and presently also extends to information technology, financial and foreign language skills in order to respond to the challenges of Industrial Revolution 4.0.