National consultative workshop on strengthening the implementation and capacity of community learning centres
Literacy class in a community learning centre in one of Cambodia’s poorest villages, Siem Reap Province
Literacy class in a community learning centre, Siem Reap province
DVV International has been working in Cambodia since 2009 with the support of partner organisations which are accompanied by the Regional Office in Laos.
French colonial rule, the Vietnam War and especially the dreaded regime of the Khmer Rouge left deep wounds in Cambodia. The reevaluation of history continues. After more than 20 years, the first free elections were held in 1991. Since then, a vibrant civil society has developed. But democracy in Cambodia is still on shaky legs. On the one hand many Cambodians have been able to profit from the benefits of economic growth, on the other hand, poverty remains a major problem and affects around half of the population. Cambodia’s post-war generation is very young – of the approximately 14 million inhabitants, 60 percent are under 30 years old. Thus every year up to 300,000 young people are thrust into the national labour market, often without secondary education or vocational qualifications.
DVV International in Cambodia strengthens civil society engagement for non-formal adult education.
Basic education: DVV International, in cooperation with the NGO Non-Timber Forrest Products has launched basic education measures for children and adults at the village level in the province of Ratanakiri. These offers are designed to help the participants to cope and to use for themselves the radical change to which their region has been subjected due to the rapidly advancing plantation economy.
Reconciliation: With the support of DVV International, local NGOs implement reconciliation measures to deal with the past. Especially for young people, they organise workshops, exhibitions, but also visits to the “killing fields” and museums.
Environmental Education: DVV International promotes a local non-governmental organisation in the implementation of projects on climate and environmental education. In regular radio programmes, many young people are actively involved in youth forums, author and artist competitions, but also in actions for planting trees and demonstrations against the destruction of resources.
Networking and political dialogue: In regard to the various topics of lifelong learning, events are conducted with decision-makers as well as practitioners, and publications are published.
One of the most important partners for DVV International in Cambodia is the NGO Education Partnership (NEP), a membership organisation for non-governmental institutions working in education. NEP is a recognised force which is also consulted by the Ministry of Education. The reconciliation work is being implemented by the NGO Youth for Peace, partly in collaboration with the victims’ association Khmer Khsan. The professional and well-established youth organisation Youth Resource Development Program implements the environmental measures. Both the Youth Resource Development Program and Youth for Peace are members of NEP.
DVV International operates worldwide with more than 200 partners in over 30 countries.
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Regional Office South-East Asia
Watnak Ngai Road No. 351/19
P.O. Box 1215
Regional Director South-East Asia:
Senior Desk Office South-East Asia:
Dr. Johann Heilmann