Cambodia: Education & Skills

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Over 58 million children all over the world cannot attend school despite their indisputable right to education. In many countries, school tuition is denied to children due to armed conflicts, poverty, humanitarian disasters or simply due to educational systems which practice gender-related, ethnic or medical condition discrimination. 

Illiterate or poorly educated young people lacking practical skills are vulnerable to poverty and exploitation because there is no demand for them in the labour market. Therefore they have very limited freedom when making decisions about their own lives. This presents challenges with extreme urgency in view of the fact that there is a record number of young people in the world and limited options for creating new jobs.

People in Need actively attempts to tackle these global challenges. We must realise what an important role education plays in the transformation process of developing countries. Not only does it improve prospects of employment, thereby reducing the risk of poverty, hunger and illness, but it also increases the potential of men and women to fight against discrimination. It motivates them to more actively participate in public life and promotion of their interests in society. We also believe that in areas stricken by armed conflict, attending school brings some order and also happiness into the lives of children.

  • Our educational programmes aim to provide quality primary education for all children regardless of origin, religious belief, gender or medical condition.
  • We also assist with employment of young people. Through vocational education and training in entrepreneurial and other skills we assist them in establishing a business or finding a job.
  • Through our educational programmes we also encourage young people to actively engage in public life around them and assist them towards the creation of a responsible, democratic society.  

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Past aid programmes

Partnership for Employment and Skills Development (PESD)

Partnership for Employment and Skills Development (PESD)

The ongoing economic transformation contributed to further decrease of the number of youth employed in agriculture to 47.1% in 2014. While in 1998, the share of youth employed in the agricultural sector was approximately 83.5 %. This trend has an ultimate impact on agriculture-related activities such as agro-processing. One of the factors exacerbating this situation are poor and inadequate curriculums, which are not in line with regional trends of development. Other factors like low capacities and skills of technical teachers or weak linkages between private sector and technical schools, only contribute to slowing the development in the agro-processing sector.
The PESD project aims to develop a new technical program (agro-food processing) for the technical students at National Vocation Institute of Battambang (NVIB) to improve economic and employment situation by strengthening the quality of secondary technical and vocational education and training and building partnership between NVIB and private sector. PESD is initially designed to: (i) improve TVET program quality to meet national and international market demands; (ii) increase equitable access to TVET education for enhancing employment generation; (iii) promote Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) between institution and private sector, and relevant partner institutions and (iv) improve the governance of TVET system.
The project aims to enable equal access to relevant technical education for youths to seize decent employment opportunities and foster the growth of the agro-processing industry in Cambodia.
Fostering the Transition to Employment for Youth (FTE 4 Youth)

Fostering the Transition to Employment for Youth (FTE 4 Youth)

In Cambodia’s rural provinces, vocational training is in its infancy due to a dearth of technical education. As the country’s economy has expanded, employment opportunities have grown nationwide, but the level of education and skills of Cambodian workers is unable to keep pace with hiring needs. In response, PIN Cambodia, with funding from the Czech Development Agency, called Fostering Transition to Employment for Youth (FTE 4 Youth), which aims to support the sustainable transition of employment opportunities and enhance the capacities of the Provincial Training Centre in Kompong Chnang Province. The FTE 4 Youth initiative complements the three-year ACTIVE 4 Youth project, which runs through 2020.
PIN is implementing the project in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT), the Provincial Department of Labor and Vocational Training (PDLVT), the Provincial Training Centre (PTC), the International Labor Organisation (ILO), and numerous micro-finance institutes and industry associations. The FTE 4 Youth project, which is being piloted at the PTC in Kampong Chhnang, is staffed by 28 employees – including technical teachers and managers – and has enrolled 2,000 students. Course include mobile vocational training and other activities.
The project aims to improve the quality of technical vocational education within the PTCs, ensuring that courses, equipment and infrastructure are responsive to the demands of the labor market, thereby increasing young people’s participation in the TVET. It will also strive to foster entrepreneurship and build stronger partnerships between PTCs, the private sector, government agencies and other departments, ultimately resulting in new job opportunities for youths.
ACTIVE for Youth: Agro-processing Career development, Technical training and Improved Vocational Education for Youth

ACTIVE for Youth: Agro-processing Career development, Technical training and Improved Vocational Education for Youth

The ACTIVE for Youth project responds to the need to improve the quality of vocational training in Cambodia. Our aim is to provide equal access to vocational training for young people leading to more employment opportunities and subsequent supporting the growth of the agricultural industry in Cambodia.

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