Reimagining Education and Learning in Cambodia

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Since 2009, SeeBeyondBorders has been improving the quality of education in government primary schools through evidence-based programs, research, and policy input into teacher development. Their work aligns directly with the SDG 4 Quality Education and SDG 17 Partnership for Goals.

All children have the right to an education to develop to their full potential. Yet, in Cambodia, many children are falling behind. Less than 3% of 15-year-olds achieve minimum learning standards (2018, PISA-D Report), only one-third of children complete school, and the mean length of schooling is just five years (2020 Human Development Report, UNDP). There are many reasons why children are not learning in school, including poor quality teaching and learning, large classroom sizes and poor learning environments. Additionally, the pandemic was the most significant educational disrupter since the civil war, when 90% of teachers were killed. Lengthy school closures and the breakdown of learning infrastructure during the pandemic have left most children even further behind.

To improve the quality of teaching and learning in Cambodian Primary schools, SeeBeyondBorders provides training and mentoring to school teachers in areas where they need the most support – maths, literacy, and classroom management. They engage parents and other community members to build an understanding of the value of educating their children; and work with the local and national government to foster a commitment to improving the education system nationally.

SeeBeyondBorders is the only development organization operating in Cambodia to have won the UNESCO Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.


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