Projects update - Mini Schools Projects update - Mini Schools

By Ed Shuttleworth -

Communities served by the Mini Schools project generally depend on subsistence farming for their income.

Communities served by the Mini Schools project are small villages where families generally depend on subsistence farming for their income. The nearest Primary school is some distance away and there is not sufficient density of population to warrant a local school at this time. Families living in such communities are frequently reluctant to send their children to school for reasons that include their own perception as to the value of education, cost issues, and proximity of a school. Such families are extremely poor and ambivalent about beginning the process of educating their children when they often rely on them to supplement the family budget, so contributing to the problem of child labour. As these children grow older, whilst they may then be able to travel to school, they are academically behind others and likely to drop out early if they participate at all. While registration rates in primary school are high at 95% (2009 MoEYS figs), dropout and repetition rates in grades 1 – 6 are 17% (2008 MoEYS figs). [MoEYS = Ministry of Education Youth and Sport – Royal Cambodian Government] We are working with seven communities where there are mini-schools and have recently completed the refurbishment of one of the mini-schools in Sombok Kriel Village, including a new library space. Sombok Kriel library We have also recently completed a project in Kampong Krasaing. This involved the relocation of a school building, including a new concrete floor, wooden walls and a zinc roof. A new toilet was also constructed. Sombok Kriel mini school

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