At the age of 16, Srey Nich dropped out of school to take care of siblings and grandparents while her parents migrated for work. During that time, she heard about a non-formal ICT course offered in her village through World Education‘s Youth On The Move program. The course changed Srey Nich’s path and she went back to school. Now in her last year of school, Srey Nich is empowered to build up Cambodia’s youth.
Literacy is fundamental to all education. World Education has developed programs that promote children’s literacy for more than 50 years. This brochure highlights World Education’s approaches to early grade reading at every level- from schools and communities, to teachers, administrators, and parents. Innovations and our different approaches to monitoring and assessing skills are also included. Successful projects from various countries are also highlighted, including Cambodia.
This baseline survey was conducted as a basis of comparison for future mid-line and end-line survey results, as part of the YOTM project monitoring and evaluation plan. The surveys are intended to explore the extent to which the project achieves our expected long term impact: Improved learning outcomes, life skills, knowledge about safe migration, school engagement and perceptions of school relevance among students at target schools in migration-prone areas.
Twenty-four lower primary school students from Prey Veng province were interviewed before the beginning of project activities in their schools. The baseline survey assessed the likelihood of students to drop out of school and migrate, as well as their perceptions of the quality and relevance of the education provided by their schools, their own level of engagement and voice in school affairs, and knowledge about safe migration.
World Education is working to reduce the vulnerability of Cambodian youth to trafficking and exploitation through innovative activities with a focus on learning through technology, livelihoods training, and student leadership development.
The AIMS project developed the first-ever Khmer language website and IVR (interactive voice response) system on safe migration. You can read more about the project in this infographic.
Chhaya, a 10-year-old boy, currently studies in Grade 2 at a school where World Education, Inc. is implementing the Total Reading Approach for Children Plus (TRAC+) project, with funding support from World Vision. Chhaya has lived with his grandparents since he was four years old, following his mother’s death and his father’s remarriange. His grandparents are agricultural day laborers, and thus do not have regular income. As his grandparents are very busy, they do not have much time to look after him. At the start of the school year Chhaya was often absent from school for extended periods of time, and was unable to keep up with his studies and acquire the necessary reading and writing skills.
At school in Siem Reap, a province in northern Cambodia, students crowd to the school library during break times. At the sound of the bell dismissing morning classes, the room fills with students who move quickly, pulling books from the shelves and settling into a corner to read.
As a child, Sothea dropped out of school for nearly six months, without the support of a family member to keep him in school. When he was given homework he did not have any support or advice, and he lost his motivation to go to school. Fortunately, Mr. Sarein, a primary school teacher, visited him and encouraged him to return to school.
Now Sothea looks back and uses his own experience as inspiration in his work as a literacy coach through the TRAC+ project.
Thavary is one of the literacy coaches trained through the TRAC+ project, chosen for participation because of her eagerness to help struggling students. As Thavary explains, “when I was young I didn’t have many resources. Not I want to use what I know to help students develop, and I was to see the education system improve as well.”
With a goal of reducing the vulnerability of migrant youth to trafficking, exploitation, and abuse, the Youth on the Move project has been in operation for over five years. This factsheet describes the three intervention areas of the program in detail.