H.E. Dr. Hang Choun Naron, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, presided over the inauguration of Khvan Cheal Primary School in Kratie. During the event, Save the Children handed over 231 schools and 186 mini-schools that it has built in nine provinces between 2000 and 2015 to Provincial Offices of Education.
Over the last 15 years, Save the Children has constructed 417 schools, 300 latrines and 50 teachers’ and students’ dormitories costing more than USD 11 million, with funding support from the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD) and other donors.
In addition to the construction of schools, Save the Children has strengthened the capacity of staff in Provincial and District Offices of Education and schools on education planning development, reporting, monitoring, school self-evaluation and management work. Furthermore, Save the Children has supported out-of-school children to enroll in primary school, improved children’s learning outcomes and development of critical life skills, given children a voice in decision-making in their school’s development plans, and successfully advocated for the government to endorse guidelines on establishing safe learning places during floods and other emergencies.
“Save the Children and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport have been working together for more than two decades to develop the capacity of teachers and other education staff, and strengthen the education system in Cambodia,” explained Ms. Elizabeth Pearce, Country Director of Save the Children in Cambodia. She added: “We have supported the Ministry of Education to adopt Child-Friendly School policies, increase access to early childhood care and development services and develop the Comprehensive School Safety Framework.
“We are proud of our achievements so far, but the work does not stop here,” insisted Elizabeth Pearce. “We will continue to work with the Ministry of Education until together we have guaranteed a high-quality education for every child in Cambodia, including those living in the most remote areas.”
To show the appreciation of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, H.E. Dr. Hang Choun Naron awarded a medal to Save the Children Norway, as well as certificates of thanks to Save the Children Cambodia's Country Director and Provincial Coordinator for Kratie.