Saturday, October 28, 2017

Simple measures, big difference for children with disabilities in Cambodia: Ty’s story

By Lenka Tavodova

Ty reading her favorite book.  ©DRIC/2017/Kristina Seris

Battambang Province, Cambodia, October 2017: It is a humid afternoon in O’Choam, a small village in Battambang Province. Members of the Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia (DRIC) – a joint programme between UNICEF, UNDP and WHO - are on a field mission. Our group shelters under a small roof to shield ourselves from the rain, which is where we meet Khoeun Ty. Between shy giggles and proud smiles, 12-year-old Ty reads us her favorite story: 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The secret to successfully running and maintaining community pre-schools

By Monique Rao

Class activity in a community pre-school in Sokang Commune, Kang Meas District,
Kampong Cham Province to promote early childhood education.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Giacomo Pirozzi

Kratie Province, Cambodia, October 2017 – Opening community-based preschools in areas where there are no such facilities – either state-run or private – has been a central part of providing access to early childhood education for children in Cambodia.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Preschool champions promote early education for all children

By Monique Rao

Children sing songs during class at Community Pre-school (CPS)
Multi-lingual in Kouk Poy village, Laok Commune,
O Chum District, Ratanakiri Province.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Charles Fox

Kratie Province, Cambodia, October 2017 – Teachers, school directors and community members are mobilizing support to influence more parents to enrol their children in community preschools (CPS) so they can get a head start on learning opportunities.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The power of positivity: Positive discipline improves rural Cambodian schools

By Shruti Gogia and Theavy Leng

Son Sambath, school director of Wat Cheng Primary School, 
poses for a photo with a bevy of children from grades 2 to 5; 
© UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Shruti Gogia

Battambang, Cambodia, July 2017: It’s July in Battambang Province, the height of the rainy season in Cambodia. In this fertile northwestern region, the rice fields have turned a vast sea of vibrant green, rippling as far as the eye can see. Narrow dirt roads run along the paddies, providing access to small rural villages like Wat Cheng. About 350 families live here, working primarily in the surrounding fields. Their children attend Wat Cheng Primary School, which sits at the heart of the village down a road lined with the students’ humble, thatched roof homes and tall palm trees.