SeeBeyondBorders receives UNESCO award for quality teaching program

We are so proud to receive this award in Paris on World Teacher’s Day

We were thrilled to hear earlier this year that UNESCO had honoured our ‘Teach the Teacher‘ program with internationally acclaimed UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, in recognition of our core Teach the Teacher program.

A representative from the judging panel explained: “SeeBeyondBorders Cambodia was selected for its thoughtful and rigorous approach…and the attention that it paid to mentoring and school-based support, not only for teachers, but for facilitators – there are no shortcuts to developing quality teachers.”

The Prize was awarded for the 4th time at a ceremony during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.The award identified three outstanding programs worldwide to honour with the prize that includes US $100,000 to help reach more teachers, children and supporters.

Sophen PHAN, our Teach the Teacher program manager, traveled to Paris to receive the award. Here’s a video of his trip.

We believe changes begins with education, and teachers are absolutely vital in the ongoing rebuild of Cambodia. We wouldn’t have been awarded this prize without the hard work and dedication of our teachers and SeeBeyondBorders’ staff.

We have reached over 27,500 Cambodian children through ‘Teach the Teacher’ – the skills development program designed to improve the quality of education offered by teachers in primary schools. In Cambodia over 50 per cent of teachers have not completed high school themselves. We designed ‘Teach the Teacher’ to address this by working directly with groups of primary school teachers in rural areas where the need is greatest, to equip them with new skills, competencies and confidence.

The huge improvement in the pass rates achieved by students in their end of year exams is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all of the team. Over three years the pass rate of our grade one to three students in Maths has increased from 48 per cent in 2013 to an incredible 80 per cent in 2016.

We believe that building the knowledge and confidence of Cambodian teachers is the key to providing a brighter future for Cambodian children. Thanks to this award we will be able to reach more teachers and communities where children are eager to learn.

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