About the project

In Cambodia, a traditional view of the role of women accompanied by deeply rooted cultural customs makes it difficult to achieve real gender equality in the field of education.

Problems related to poverty have pronounced negative effects on learning opportunities, especially in the country’s rural areas. Among children aged between 5 and 14, over 18% are involved in child labour, and 79.2% have no access to education.

These issues are often aggravated by natural disasters such as floods or droughts (the 2016 drought is thought to be the worst since 1979), making it difficult for schools to adhere to the programmes devised by governing authorities. Poverty, malnutrition, health problems and disabilities are also more prevalent among school-age children, especially in remote villages.
These factors combine to give Cambodia one of the highest school dropout rates in Southeast Asia.

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Where we work

7 villages in Prey Nup District, Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia


90,000 €


1,800 girls and boys

62 teachers

Private donors

General objective
To promote access to education and gender equality in disadvantaged areas of southern Cambodia.

Specific objective
To reinforce the child-friendly school approach in primary schools in Sihanoukville Province.

Expected results

Access to quality education for the most vulnerable girls and boys. Guaranteed basic rights such as access to healthcare, hygiene and nutrition. Increased participation of girls and young women in the country's educational system.

Project Partners
Education office of Prey Nup district
Provincial Education Department of Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville Catholic Church

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