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Primary Education and TVET in Cambodia

Supporting girls and boys, especially the most marginalised, to complete primary school and transition to secondary school or to appropriate technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

Children in Siem Reap enjoying school library
Children in Siem Reap enjoying school library

Plan International Cambodia and partners work with children’s clubs, student councils, and school support committees to promote accessibility, quality and good governance at schools.

The programme has ensured friendly space and facilities – such as school buildings, breakfast and clean water and sanitation systems – not only for poverty stricken girls and boys but also for students with disabilities, slow learners, and those from indigenous minority groups. It also makes possible market oriented community-based, centre-based and enterprise-based technical and vocational education and training course options for out of school children and youth. 

Since 2011, Plan International Cambodia and partners support school meals at 1,045 primary schools. The programme engaged the so-called ‘school governance tool’ to promote relationship among students, teachers, parents and local authority to determine and address school issues at 28 lower secondary schools. It supported the child friendly schools policy implementation at 48 schools (34 primary and 14 lower secondary schools) and safe school initiative at 12 primary schools. Thousand students living with severe poverty, 48% of them are girls, have received scholarship packages that allows them to continue their study. To encourage school governance as well as quality learning and teaching improvement, the programme capacitated and activated the roles of 250 school support committees. Over 500 child peer educators, of them 65% are girls, have been identified and trained to facilitate and lead activities to promote schooling in their respective community.

Key Targets

2,500girls and boys aged 5-6 having appropriate skills, knowledge and attitude, and support from their families to start primary school
300primary schools sustaining increases in attendance rates
1,500of the poorest families supporting their children to effectively transition into lower secondary school or appropriate vocational skills training 
5provincial training centres providing quality, job relevant skill training accessible to most marginalised out of school youth


Education Funders

SDG Engagement

The programme has been actively engaged in the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Education SDG