Cambodia school children

Poverty in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, every 1 out of 4 people have to live on $1,25 a day. Although poverty rates decreased in recent years, Cambodia is still one of the worlds least developed countries according to the UN. The vast majority of the poor people are living in the countryside and that is where it is necessary to support the self-sustainability of the people.

Poor level of education

Recently, the rate of Cambodian children starting at school is increasing. Unfortunately, a big part of this group is not finishing primary school and even less secondary school. A lot of children are not able to follow higher education or vocational training.

The main causes are:

  • Poverty: the impoverished people are often not able to pay the cost of education and children have to work to contribute to the family income.
  • Quality of education: the teaching skills of the majority of the teachers are limited.
  • Awareness: Parents are often not aware of the importance of education for children, or they have other priorities on primary needs, like shelter and food.

This leads to a high dropout ratio, little passing through to secondary school and higher education, and overall a low rate of well-educated people.

Education is a crucial requisite to develop critical thinking skills with children and youths, to be able to influence their own future potential. Therefore it is necessary to invest in education in order to improve the self-sustainability of Cambodian people and the development of the country.

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