Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the All Children Reading-Cambodia (ACR-C) and All Children Learning (ACL) projects are working to improve the early grade reading (EGR) skills of children in upper pre-school, Grades 1 and 2 in Cambodia. World Education has been subcontracted by Research Triangle International (RTI) to assist the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, its development partners, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to harmonize EGR teaching and learning approaches across the country.
As part of the All Children Reading-Cambodia project, World Education is working in over 480 schools in Kampong Thom province to support the roll-out of the government’s newly created Early Grade Reading package of teaching and learning materials, teacher professional development materials, and a literacy coaching model. Under the All Children Learning project, World Education is supporting the rollout and implementation of the Ministry’s EGR package, Komar Rien Komar Cheh, in approximately 990 schools in Kampot, Kampong Thom, and Kep provinces, and 9 districts with Provincial Teacher Training Centers (PTTCs) and Teacher Education Colleges (TECs). In Kampot province, WEI is responsible for coordinating the training of 100% of school directors, upper preschool, Grade 1, and Grade 2 teachers. During the 2019-2020 school year, WEI’s 48 trained Literacy Coaches supported 426 Grade 1 teachers with intensive, twice-monthly coaching. During the 2020-2021 school year, the Literacy Coaches are providing intensive coaching support to all Grade 2 teachers. Similarly, in Kampong Thom and Kep provinces, WEI is providing operational management and field-based technical oversight of the coordination and logistics for the training of 100% of Grade 1 and Grade 2 teachers. In Kampong Thom, WEI’s technical staff is leading the facilitation of training workshops, while 52 trained Literacy Coaches are supporting approximately 600 Grade 2 teachers through intensive, twice-monthly coaching. A mobile training team, consisting of 19 WEI trainers, is supporting the EGR training of all Grade 1 teachers and school directors in nine select districts across nine provinces with Provincial Teacher Training Centers or Teacher Education Colleges, enabling teacher trainees to complete their practicum at schools that are implementing the Komar Rien Komar Cheh package.
Additionally, WEI is also building the capacity of central MoEYS to plan, implement, and manage this ambitious EGR training rollout in the remaining provinces across the kingdom. Lastly, WEI’s most senior technical education experts are working at the national level to support the continued development of the Komar Rien Komar Cheh package and teacher training materials.
Combined, the projects are providing training to over 2,600 EGR teachers and 800 school directors. WEI is also providing intensive, one-on-one coaching to over 2,000 EGR teachers. No other organization in Cambodia is providing such wide-scale field-level support to the government in its application of its new Early Grade Learning reforms.