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Joining Forces for Education: 15,000 Out of School Children Newly Enrolled

Wed 30 Sep 2015

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ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE CAMBODIAN CONSORTIUM FOR OUT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN

 

PHNOM PENH – 28 September 2015. The 20 members of the Cambodian Consortium for Out of School Children (CCOSC) will gather in Phnom Penh on the 30th of September and 1st of October 2015 to reflect upon the collaborative efforts undertaken during the consortium's first year with the approval and active involvement of the Government represented by His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS).

 

Led by Aide et Action International (AEAI) and co-funded by Educate A Child (EAC), consortium members worked in partnershipto enrol nearly 15,000 out of school children (47% girls) from June 2014 to June 2015. “Our joint efforts significantly contributed topromoteimproved access to education, increase the quality and efficiency of education, build capacity of local actors responsible for education, and undertake world-class research and advocacy to push for policy change,” said Samphors Vorn AEA Country Director.

 

Schools have been made accessible not just by improving physical access but also by providing children with scholastic materials and in many instances bicycles to get to schools. A variety of education programmes have been set up in public schools and education centres such as accelerated classes, integrated classes, remedial classes and re-entry programmes to help with the retention of students in school. Pedagogy of teachers has been enhanced and adapted to include all out of school children through trainings provided to approximately 2,300 teachers and 5,300 education actors, while nearly 7,00 teachers implemented child friendly inclusive practices in classrooms. Learning and teaching tools and material are currently in development to respond to the specific needs of children with disabilities, street children, ethnic minorities, over-aged students and poor and remote children.

 

Furthermore, communities and parents also made in-kind contributions of land, materials, labour and cash for the construction of learning spaces.Nearly 6,000 key actors in education, parents and community members were involved in out of school children identification and advocacy about the importance of education.In order to improve school management and enrolment promotion, about 1,500 education actors, local authorities, community members and school staff were trained. These are positive resultsfor a sustainable development of an inclusive education system that caters for every child.

 

The consortium also works on the education environment improvement through research and advocacy. A streamlined web-based Monitoring &Evaluation tool was set up to gatherrich quantitative data. Moreover, a baseline survey generated detailed and accurate datato assess the current conditions; i.e., access and barriers to educational services for each target group. In the past year, consortium members also regularly contributed to key education policy discussion at both country and international levelsincluding during the National Education Congress for Academic Year 2013-2014, Setting Goals 2015-2016,the Parliament Education Reform Workshopand the World Education Forum for the Post-2015 Agenda, among others.

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About CCOSC

CCOSC is a consortium of 17 international and local development actors uniting behind a mission to enrol and retain more than 57,000 children of primary school age that are currently missing out on an education from July 2014 to June 2017.This nationwide project covers all 24 provinces of Cambodia. It comprises of different organisations including AEAI (leader of the consortium),Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA), CARE, Cambodian Organization for Children and Development (COCD), Disability Development Services Program (DDSP), Epic Arts, Goutte d’Eau/DamnokToek (DT), KAPE, Komar Pikar Foundation (KPF), NGO Education Partnership (NEP), Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), Plan International Cambodia, Rabbit School Organization and Save the Children. www.ccosc.org

 

About AEAI

Founded in 1981, Aide et Action International (AEAI) is a development organization without political or religious affiliations. With headquarters in Geneva, AEAI is now present in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. Active in Cambodia since 2003, AEAI is the CCOSC coordination office managing the consortium. It has developed essential procedures, tools, and systems to help consortium members to manage this program effectively. http://seac.aide-et-action.org/

 

About Educate a Child

Launched in November 2012, by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, Educate A Child (EAC) is a global program of the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) that aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education. EAC is, at its heart, is a commitment to children who are out of school to help provide them with opportunities to learn and as such, it contributes to the UN's Global Education First Initiative and the Millennium Development Goal 2. http://educateachild.org/

 

Contact:

Samphors Vorn, AEAI Cambodia Country Director:

Email: Samphors.vorn@aide-et-action.org


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