Contribute to a comprehensive Cambodian inclusive education system that caters for every child including children with disability, indigenous, girls, poor, remote and over-age people.
- Encourage and enable street and marginalized children from Kampong Cham and Kampong Siem Districts by providing informal education at our drop-in centers (“Happy Happy Center” and “Apsara Center”), and collaborating closely with community volunteers who act as counsellors for children and their families as well as providing children with the means to access primary school.
- Improved quality and efficiency of educational services for street and marginalized children from Kampong Cham and Kampong Siem by providing teachers with educational tools that are suitable to the needs of OOSC.
- Households involved with OOSC are more capable and willing of supporting education by helping them to improve their livelihood to support their children to go to school.
- Through research and advocacy, the education environment will be improved and communities and key local actors (departments of education) will be better aware of the importance of education and local key actors will be more willing to reaching out to children.
We are working on this program with a consortium of 16 other NGOs – a first for Cambodia – and together we hope to transform the educational prospects of vulnerable children all over Cambodia. Each member of the consortium works to contribute to a comprehensive Cambodian inclusive education system that caters for every child including children with disabilities, indigenous, girls, poor, remote, and over-age. BSDA’s role over the course of this program is to help get 550 out of school children into primary education by providing scholarships, a drop-in center and raising awareness among communities of the value of education. Even when the program ends, more vulnerable children will continue to benefit because we are breaking down the barriers to primary education. Gaining this education will make a positive difference to the rest of these children’s lives.
Since the inception of the project, BSDA has managed to recruit 361 previously out of school children who study daily at our two drop-in centers. Our teachers are highly qualified to work with these children and are sensitized to their particular needs and issues. They are committed to helping OOSC through follow up visits, counseling and regular staff meetings. Our staff and volunteers work hard to maintain good relationships with families, communities and teachers. Through regular home visits and counselling sessions, parents are involved in their children’s education and encourage them to go to school regularly. Furthermore, local authorities support and encourage home visits and counseling services for OOSC. Education leaders and managers attend workshops and are focused on finding solutions for children’s problems.
As a consortium we have already secured more than $9.5 million from highly-regarded funders in education to run this program. However, as well as contributing our own resources, BSDA still needs to raise over $94,000 in the next 2.5 years in order to deliver these vital services to children in Kampong Cham and we are depending on the generosity of supporters like you to achieve that goal.