by Mom Chantara Soleil
Almost 10,000 girls and boys in two provinces of Cambodia will benefit from Plan’s effort to harness child friendly lower secondary school.
The five-day comprehensive capacity transformation of 28 lower secondary school principals, education officials at provincial and district levels and concerned NGO partners from Kampong Cham and Siem Reap Programme Units was kick-started early December 2013.
According to Plan Cambodia’s officer in charge, Mr. Pann Savath, the UKaid funded project, through Plan in United Kingdom and Cambodia, aims to consequently increase the number of adolescent girls enrolling in and completing lower secondary school.
“This effort fits in very well to the new strategy of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, in particular gender mainstreaming in quality education. And I fully support it,” said H.E Heang Sine, Under Secretary of State of Education Youth and Sport who presided over the opening session of the event.
Mr. Pann Savath added that, “The promotion of the child friendly school concept, through leadership and ownership promotion of the school principals and education authorities, entails a wide range of interventions to encourage positive attitude, increase access, quality and governance and decrease household financial and gender-based barriers at lower secondary school.”
Figures from the last academic year 2012-213, indicates almost 79% lower secondary school transition rate (80% for female students) and 20% dropout rate (about 18% for female students), shared education specialist with Plan, Mr. Ket Chanto, calling the interventions “a very timely and well-grounded effort to fix emerging issue faced by the school students.
It is well-grounded in the sense that before pioneering the concept Plan worked with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport on a comprehensive national study on Effective Learning in Basic Education.