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Overseas Project Update - 2nd Quarter 2010

Overseas Project Update - 2nd Quarter 2010

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Second Quarter 2010
Overseas ProjectStatus Update 
new Cambodia project
the Beacon Schools Ini-tiative with local Cambodian NGO KampucheanAction for Primary Education (KAPE). Starting in2011, Oaktree will be partnering with KAPE toprovide equitable access to quality education insome of the poorest provinces of Cambodia. Thisis a hugely exciting opportunity for Oaktree toextend its impact in the Asia-Pacific, in line withour new focus on regional engagement, and thefirst project partner for Schools4Schools Asia, alsoto be launched in 2011.
Beacon Schools Initiative:
Cambodia is one of the youngest populations in Southeast Asia: two out of every three people are aged below25 and more than 30 per cent are aged between 10-24 years old. Such a high percentage of young peoplebrings with it enormous possibilities as well as complex development challenges, and a fundamental need toget education right!!
 The formal education sector in Cambodia has a long way to go in terms of securing not only access to educa-tion, but equipping state schools with the necessary infrastructure and support to provide quality education tothe poorest and most disadvantaged. While Cambodia is on track to meet MDG 2 (primary education), thereare major concerns about secondary education in that it continues to be plagued by extremely high dropoutand repeat rates, and an overall lower standard of education.
When it comes to young people and education,
Access to Education Quality Education
1. School and classroom shortage2. Dropout due to reliance on children to supporttheir families' most basic needs3. Low wages force teachers to collect informalschool fees from students creating a barrier toeducation for poor children: primary schoolteachers' government salaries range between $25and $50 p/mth1. Poorly trained teachers and high student-teacher ratioscontribute to high grade-repeat rates among students.2. A lack of school resources and little government fund-ing results in insufficient teaching materials and schoolfacilities.3. Poor school governance
Access to Education Quality Education
1. scholarships for the most disadvantaged2. infrastructure improvements catering to vulner-able groups such as students with disabilities3. reducing the risk of informal fees by enhancedaccountability and performance based pay1. teacher training and better resourcing of classrooms2. improved curriculum which is relevant to the needs of students (including life-skills and vocational education)3. enhanced accountability of the school managementboard to ensure greater oversight of school progress andsecure quality of education
The Beacon Schools Initiative is aboutsystemic change and achieving qualityeducation for all
Given that major challenges still remain in the formaleducation sector, Oaktree has decided to partner with aproject that is addressing the need for systemic changeand engaging with the key issues outlined above. BeaconSchools Initiative (BSI) is a project that will be launched in2011 by KAPE (Kampuchean Action for Primary Educa-tion), a Cambodian NGO that has 15 years experience ineducation and development in some of the poorest areasOne of the most exciting elements of this project is a school management model based on public-private partner-ships (PPP). School boards will be comprised both of local level government representatives as well as communitymembers and representatives of KAPE. The school board will have a high standard of accountability and involve-ment with the school and will thus be more responsive to challenges in the school community, and proactive in thedevelopment of an institution of educational excellence.PPP is garnering a lot of attention within the development sector for its potential to ensure equitable access toquality education for the poor through genuine cooperation between the government and private/NGO sectors.This innovative model means that the poorest and most disadvantaged children of Kratie, Siem Reap and KampongCham will benefit from the type of quality education that is normally only accessible through the private school sys-tem, but at a price which they can afford and in an environment which is responsive to their needs and the commu-nity context.
Public-Private Partnerships
expanding affordable education while improving efficiency
BSI is a new project for KAPE, but one which has been in conceptual stages for some time, and which KAPE is verykeen to initiate in partnership with Oaktree. BSI will take on 3 lower-secondary state schools that are not perform-ing well in delivering quality education to the poorest and most disadvantaged. The project will address issues of both access to education and quality of education:

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