Education Development Project (EDP)

Education Development Project (EDP)

The Cambodian educational system has significantly improved since its complete destruction during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. While the overall rate of children enrolled in primary school has increased from 81% in 2008 to 92.5% in 2010, the country continues to face low completion rates in both primary and secondary schools.

Many students, especially in poor, rural communities are unable to afford schooling. Their families cannot pay for school-related fees and transportation costs, or the children are needed to help out with household chores and fieldwork. The lack of quality education options also contributes to high rates of repetition and dropouts.

The Royal Government of Cambodia defines Non-Formal Education (NFE) as an official education system that promotes Education for All, increases access to lifelong education, and helps build a learning society of equity, justice, and social development. CVCD’s Non-Formal Education program seeks to enhance Khmer and English literacy, and technical education throughout impoverished areas of Cambodia. In 2014, CVCD provided education to 573 children in five poor community schools around Phnom Penh. English training courses were given to 130 students and 39 of the children received computer-training courses.

Self-Sustainability Project in Poor Community

The aim of this project is to promote self-reliance through facilitating business activities in the community. The SPPC project provides loans and training courses to community members. Training sessions are offered in the areas of small business, the environment, family planning, and gender equality. These efforts are expected to improved living conditions, decrease poverty levels, and increase school attendance for children.

CVCD provides these loans with zero interest on the condition that families use their profits to put their children through school. Families with daughters are given priority because girls are evidently more vulnerable to dropping out of school than boys in Cambodia.

The fund is also used to provide small business guidance and training on money management. CVCD staff regularly checks in with loan recipients. The loans are customized to the situation of the family and are generally short-term. Families may apply for a new loan after paying back their first; however, after five years they are expected to be financially sustainable. Families agree to a contract in which they recognize that once they repay their loan that money will be loaned out to other poor families in their community.

Khmer Literacy 

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Khmer Literacy Project

The Khmer Literacy project follows the Non-Formal Education curriculum standards established by the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS), by providing education in Basic Skills (equivalence 1-2 grade), Medium Skills (equivalence 3-4 grade) and Self Study Skills (equivalence 5-6 grade). School curriculums include Mathematics, Khmer reading and writing,  Geography, History, Science, Environmental studies, Health and 

Hygiene, and Social Morality.

Teachers are selected from the community for

IMG_0440the Khmer Literacy Project. The selection process seeks those with creativity and experience and who are able to teach to a variety of learning styles using diverse strategies. The project provides annual training of teaching methodologies for new and experienced teachers.

Teachers are selected from the community for the Khmer Literacy Project. The selection process seeks those with creativity and experience and who are able to teach to a variety of learning styles using diverse strategies. The project provides annual training of teaching methodologies for new and experienced teachers.

 

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