LAUNCHING OUR CAMBODIA PROJECT
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