Launching Ceremony and Formative Research Design Workshop "Remote Positive Parenting" Project
On October 6, with funding support from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Save the Children in Cambodia has organized a Launching Ceremony and Formative Research Design Workshop on the “Remote Positive Parenting” Project (ANCP RPP), attended by more than 40 professional officials and relevant stakeholders.
The ANCP RPP, a two-year project (starting from August 2023 – July 2025), is being implemented by Save the Children, Sipar, GADC, and CDPO, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Information.
This project aims to reduce violence against children, both physical and humiliating punishment, in Kampong Siem and Prey Chhor districts, Kampong Cham province, by disseminating educational content on "positive parenting" to parents and caregivers as well as people with different gender identities and with disabilities.
Director of Strategy, Program Development, and Impact, Ms. Christine Fernandes, said violence against children is a global problem and has lifelong impacts on the health and well-being of children. It negatively affects families and communities at large.
“Save the Children wants to build on the successes and learning of ANCP RECOVER as well as scale our reach to parents, and thus the Remote Positive Parenting Model was developed,” she said.
Mr. Lim Kethdarath, Deputy Director of the Department of Municipal, District, Commune, and Administration of the Ministry of Interior, believed that this project is important and in line with the purpose of the Interior Ministry’s handbook on the management of the educational process of parents and caregivers in the protection and development of young children for the communes that are being implemented as well as the soon-to-be-launched Child Protection Procedures that aims to reduce and eliminate violence against children introduced by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation.
Mr. Kethdarath said, “I believe that this project will help Cambodian people, especially parents and caregivers, to understand positive parenting so that their children will become good people in Cambodian society which will be our successors in the future. Investing in children is very profitable and time-consuming, which aligns with the national policy and the Pentagon Strategy of the first phase of the seventh mandate government."
In the closing session, H.E. Orn Heng Leakhena, Chair of the Provincial Women and Children Consultative Committee in Kampong Cham, praised the active contribution of relevant organizations and authorities at all levels in finding ways to raise awareness of positive child-rearing.
"I am very happy that this project has been launched," she said. “This was what I have been trying to do for a long time: expand the reach and spread more widely through digital media with a holistic and inclusive approach. I hope the project will be implemented and get good results.”
The ANCP RPP project expects parents and caregivers to have better access to information about positive parenting through reading books, posters, and social media channels such as Facebook, Tiktok, YouTube, and Telegram.