Weʼre raising £20,000 to provide two new schools in a remote area of Northern Cambodia. See www.ccspuk.com for more information
- Battambang, Cambodia
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Cambodia is an agricultural country and a third of the population under the age of 15 lives in rural areas. A lack of local facilities means that children cannot get to government schools either because they are too young to walk or are needed by their parents to work at least part time and cannot take the time off. As children get older they can walk or cycle to state schools, but they are so far behind that they often don’t bother and their parents cannot afford the unofficial 'fees' that teachers often levy. In such remote locations, villages are accessed by tractors or motorcycles and do not have any schools. Even four-wheel drive vehicles struggle to reach some places. The local education authority does not have funds to build community schools and central government does not provide support, perhaps because the populations might not vote for them. So children have no local schools. Some parents pay a secondary school graduate, who conducts classes under a tree.
Through a new entity Cambodia Community Schools Project UK Liz and I aim to crowdfund and provide two local schools following landmine clearance and to visit the area in October 2019, paying for our own travel and accommodation.
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