One of our key priorities in Cambodia is to collaborate with parents, caregivers, school authorities and school support committees to support youth aged 13-24 to access quality secondary education and sustainable “decent” employment, as defined by Cambodia’s constitution and the International Labour Office (ILO).
We are shifting the focus of our programme to increase participation at community level. We’re also supporting a number of initiatives which incorporate youth councils into decision-making processes to improve the school system.
On the duty-bearers’ side, we continue to strengthen teachers, administrators, commune councils, and provincial governments to integrate support at a holistic, community level. We are also increasing our support to local development, including strengthening civil society, such as our work in expanding Sexual and Reproductive Health in schools.
We also support a vocational training project for young people who are no longer at school to encourage them to be economically active.
Our objectives for this work area include:
Objective 1: Improve access to and quality of secondary education
Contribute to increased access to quality secondary education through the support and collaboration with parents/caregivers, school authorities and school support committees that will enhance the Child-Friendly School strategy.
Objective 2: Youth-friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services
Contribute to increased access to quality youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, promoting life skills that will equip youth for safe and responsible sexual lives through the support and collaboration of parents/caregivers, local and national authorities and enhancing the national network.
Objective 3: Economically empower youth
Economically empower youth, especially from marginalised groups, through increased access to entrepreneurial, technical, and life skills development services, provision of financial support and youth policy & practice reforms.
Objective 4 and 6: Strengthen protection systems for children and build the capacity of children and youth to realise their rights
Contribute to the strengthening of the national social protection systems focusing on children and youth through establishing and sustaining community based mechanisms. And, build the capacity of youth to realise their rights to protection in emergencies and to realise their full potential to grow up in resilient communities.
Objective 5: Youth-responsive policy, programme and research
Contribute to the strengthening of youth-responsive policies, programme and research to enable young people to participate in the national and local decision-making processes.