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  • World Education Leads International Exchange on Early Grade Reading

    April 18 – 23, 2016 Last week, five members from World Education Cambodia’s Early Grade Reading (EGR) team plus one member from local NGO partner KAPE, traveled to Indonesia to learn about World Education’s early literacy programming in Indonesia- specifically the development and implementation of leveled readers, ICT resources and Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) tools for the USAID Prioritizing Reform, Innovation and Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia’s Teachers, Administrators and Students (PRIORITAS) project. World Education Indonesia facilitated the regional exchange to deepen dialogue and enhance learning about early grade reading programming amongst staff, partners and civil society. In just five days, the team traveled to four cities across ...

  • Collaboration With Government to Scale Early Grade Reading Innovations

    Last week, World Education hosted a workshop on their Early Grade Reading (EGR) innovations for key staff at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS). The workshop highlights World Education’s collaboration with the government to scale its EGR innovations and improve literacy outcomes in Cambodia. The workshop focused on World Education’s model for boosting early literacy rates developed under their Total Reading Approach for Children (TRAC) and Technology for Education Systems Transformation projects (TEST), funded by All Children Reading and USAID’s Development Innovations project, respectively. During the workshop, World Education and MoEYS facilitators provided participants from the Primary Education, Curriculum Development, and Teacher Training Departments with ...

  • World Education Supports Cambodian Government in Early Grade Reading

    Educated children are at the forefront of Cambodia’s sustained emphasis on improving the quality of its education system. A critical stage for improving education is in the early grades (Grades 1-3) because it is then that children learn to read and lay the foundation for later academic success. Reading Benchmarks Distributed to Grades 1 and 2 Nationwide In 2015, World Education collaborated with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE) to create a reading benchmark system that complements the new reading curriculum for Grades 1 and 2. This marked the first time such benchmarks have been created in Cambodia. The reading ...

  • Youth Voice Their Story on Money Matters

    Congratulations to the three winners of our youth storytelling competition on family financial practices! We asked youth in Prey Veng province to tell, show or share with us: what comes to mind when you think about money and your family? We received many entries and were amazed by the quality of ideas, creative expression and touching experiences of all. Not only did the winners receive prizes for their sharp storytelling skills, they also participated in the Youth Consultation Workshop event with officials from the National Bank of Cambodia and were invited to be advisors on the campaign. To read the submissions of the three winners, click ...

  • October 22, 2015 – The U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia tries the TEST app

    On October 22, 2015, World Education staff presented the TEST app to the new U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, William A. Heidt, at Development Innovations Cambodia. The TEST app is a digitized early grade reading assessment program for use in Cambodian Grade 1 and 2 classrooms. The app saves teachers time by evaluating assessments, identifying struggling readers, and matching them with interventions. Having finished a successful trial period in 10 Cambodian primary schools, the app is now ready for nationwide scaling up! In the future, the TEST app will allow Cambodian Ministry officials to access early grade reading data from all schools, allowing for more informed policy decisions. To learn ...

  • August 2015 – World Education in All Children Reading Grand Challenge

    Ensuring that educational materials are delivered to the schools and community centers they are intended for in a timely fashion is a challenge in the field of development. To address that challenge, World Education has partnered with long-standing partner John Snow, Inc. to design Track and Trace, a book-tracking system that allows stakeholders, including schools and parents, to easily access information about the delivery of textbooks and materials, and to advocate for distribution to meet children’s learning needs. Track and Trace is now a finalist in the All Children Reading competition for funding.

  • Building Life Skills and Self-Confidence

    Chhoun La is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. Though she is young, Chhoun has faced many hardships. In school, Chhoun lagged behind her classmates because she was tasked with many household chores, including caring for her family’s cattle. On top of that, it was well-known in her community that her parents often fought. Chhoun was upset and ashamed by the violence in her family. Eventually, Chhoun dropped out of school to work and contribute to the household income. She was in third grade. Four years after leaving school, Chhoun still had the desire to read, write, and find a way to ...

  • Not Even the Pouring Rain Could Dampen their Spirits

    2015 marks the beginning of a new phase for World Education’s Youth on the Move project. Driven by the high rates of migration and school drop-out in Cambodia, the project has shifted focus to fostering the development of student councils at secondary schools. Working with communities and students before they drop out of school, Youth on the Move is applying its proven model of peer-education, youth voice, and life skills to the formal school setting. This shift has been enthusiastically received by the youth at four secondary schools in migration-prone and underserved areas of Prey Veng province. Nearly 150 youth from four secondary schools have already ...

  • Students Train to be Leaders with Youth on the Move

    “I want to be a youth leader. I want to be proactive, and be a model for other students” – Arunny, a youth participant in the Youth on the Move Program. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, students from two secondary schools in the rural Cambodian province of Prey Veng gathered for a workshop on civic engagement hosted by Youth on the Move. Among them was ninth grader Arunny, who had come from a nearby commune to attend the training. An aspiring teacher, Arunny’s favorite subject is math. She enjoys research, and likes to think about how she will decorate her own future classroom. Arunny is a student council leader ...