Backgrounder: Education in Cambodia

By Jayshri Patel

  • Between 1975 and 1979 the Cambodian school system was dismantled and its personnel was decimated by the Khmer Rouge regime. At the end of the genocide only 54 teachers remained for the whole country.
  • Belgian Cooperation has been active in Cambodia for 8 years and has financed The “Basic Education and Teacher Training” (BETT) project since 2003. The aim of this project is to improve the access to and quality of basic education.
  • There are three levels of education: primary, secondary and higher education. There are two types of education: general knowledge and technical and vocational education.
  • Scholarship programs aim at decreasing the dropout rate and at improving the transition from primary schools to lower secondary schools.
  • The teaching of Life Skills is one of the most important roles of schools.
Sources: Basic Education and Teacher Training (www.bett-cambodia.org), Ministry of Education Youth & Sport (www.moeys.gov.kh/)
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