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UNESCO highlights education contribution amid school closures

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School students before COVID-19 closures. KT/Chor Sokunthea

UNESCO yesterday highlighted its role in supporting education initiatives in the Kingdom amid school closures caused by the COVID-19 global outbreak.

The government last month closed down all schools as a safety measure to prevent virus infections. Students are now studying at home.

Kimlay Leav, a programme officer with the UN body, said yesterday it has supported the Ministry of Education to ensure continuous learning during school closures.

“Due to COVID-19 affecting the education sector, UNESCO has produced [educational] videos to support the Education Ministry by giving students access to lessons online,” Mr Leav said, adding UNESCO will help run the Strengthening Teacher Education Programmes in Cambodia, Basic Education Equivalency Program and Factory Literacy Program.

According to UNESCO, STEP Cam continues to help the education of one million grade school children, while approximately 610,000 BEEP students have access to subjects online.

It said as for FLP, nearly 300 women from seven factories still have access to a curriculum focusing on health and nutrition.

A closed school in Phnom Penh. KT/Pann Rachana

The Education Ministry on Thursday issued a statement urging parents to help children study at home.

“Urge your child to study at home and prepare a room with desks, chairs and computers as soon as you can,” Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said.

Tom Serey Roath, a parent, said her daughter studies at home and follows the Education Ministry’s Facebook page.

“My daughter watches online lessons by the Ministry, then she writes lessons and does homework for her teacher,” Ms Serey Roath said. “Even if schools are closed, students can still learn online.”

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