Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Multilingual education helps children in north east Cambodia to learn at school

By Noémi de Verneuil

Te Chumlong school, Chirt Borei district
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Noemi de Verneuil

Kratie Province, Cambodia, May 2017: By the time his first lesson begins at 7am, Grade 3 student Nelkea has already fetched water and chopped wood at home, had breakfast, walked to school and cleaned the classroom.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Things you need to know about the new guide to supporting child victims of sexual abuse and violence

By Frederick Howard

Miho Yoshikawa speaking at the official launch of the Clinical Handbook on Health Care for Children Subjected to Violence and Sexual Abuse
©UNFPA Cambodia/2017/Sophanara Pen

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that; children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physical or mentally. In Cambodia this is not always the case: 1 in 2 children have experienced severe beating; 1 in 4 children have experienced emotional abuse; and 1 in 20 girls and boys under the age of 18 have been sexually abused. There are obvious short term impacts of abuse such as physical injury and emotional trauma, however in the long term we see abuse linked to the development of learning difficulties and tendencies to participate in high-risk activities and behaviour.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Building dreams and renewing hope, family by family

By Chansereypich Seng

Sovann reading her book at home.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Chansereypich Seng 

Phnom Penh, May 2017 — It’s hard to believe that until recently 15-year-old Sovann* was considered a poor student. “I love going to school and my favourite subject is Khmer literature,” she states proudly. Smart and hard-working, Sovann is now one of the best students in her 7th grade class. But as recently as last school year, her grades didn’t reflect this.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Overcoming the odds to stay in school

By Patricia Chourio

17-year-old Mor Taly in her favourite place, Koh Dong High School’s library;
©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/ Chourio

May, 2017, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia: Shy, quiet and a little awkward, at first glance Mor Taly looks like a typical teenager. The slender 17 year old wears a white button-down and dark blue skirt, the standard Cambodian school uniform, as she leafs through books at Koh Dong High School’s library, where she attends eighth grade.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Digital innovation to improve child-friendliness of schools in Cambodia

By Stina Heikkila and Daniel Calderbank

District training and monitoring team (DTMT) member 
uses the table to collect data in the classroom for 
the child-friendly school assessment checklist. ©Open Institute

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 2017: Strengthening the role of school inspectors through the introduction of a new monitoring technology is aiming to help with the delivery of a better learning environment in schools across Cambodia.