A community works together to ensure all children are registered for the new school year A community works together to ensure all children are registered for the new school year

By SeeBeyondBorders -

The 2017-18 school year will start in all Cambodian schools in early November, and school communities are actively calling out to encourage parents to get their children to school.

The 2017-18 school year will start in all Cambodian schools in early November, and school communities are actively calling out to encourage parents to get their children to school.  

All Cambodian children aged 70 months should be registered at their local community school to  start school in November. In many  village communities, campaigns have been launched to remind parents of the importance of enrolling their young children to start school.

At Svay Chek Primary School in Angkor Thom district (Siem Reap Province) the school community is working together to campaign in their local  area. More than 50 teachers, students, policy officers and commune officers have gathered at Svay Chek Primary School to prepare materials and to actively campaign.  With a  small tractor, a prominent banner, music and announcing equipment, the group started from the school gate and travelled around the nearby villages, spreading their message. One student read messages over microphone as the tractor travelled to all villages in the community, announcing news of the new school term and calling on parents to  register their children and bring them  to school in November.  

Although official primary school enrolment rates in Cambodia are relatively high (around 95%), in a country where school attendance rates are often low, particularly in rural areas, it is important parents are encouraged to enrol their children and support them to attend.  SeeBeyondBorders provides several programs to promote attendance in primary school (including health and sport activities) to make school a fun and healthy place for children, and provides limited financial support to families struggling to maintain their children at school.

This campaign by the school community in Svay Chek Primary School, a school involved in SeeBeyondBorders’ Quality Teaching Program, is a great initiative by the school community.

 

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