Good Start Cambodia

Vulnerable children left behind

In poor, remote communities in Cambodia, many children under 6 years of age are kept at home or taken to work in the fields with their parents. Without preschool, they miss out on the chance to play, develop social skills, and receive the basic education they need. By the time they enrol in primary school, they are already behind. Unsurprisingly, this leads to high repetition and drop-out rates.

This is a tragedy, because a child’s chances of escaping poverty increase for every year they stay in school.

Good start to education

Through the Good Start Project, we’ve established 26 preschools in some of the poorest villages in Pursat and Kampot Provinces. We now have 642 children enrolled!

Students such as Chan are developing their basic literacy and numeracy. This drastically increases their chances of finishing primary school. They also have access to nutritious meals, regular health checks and vaccinations. Meanwhile, teachers are supported in their professional training, and parents learn about child development.

Help us create lasting change

This year, commune councils (local government bodies) will take over operation of 16 of the 26 preschools. With an additional year of support, the councils will be able to take over the remaining 10 preschools as well.

Without this support, 208 students risk losing life-changing learning opportunities.

In the next 12 months, we will help the councils to prepare their budget and build their capacity to manage all 26 preschools. This will give communities ownership of their own early education system – an enormous step forward!

Please give a tax-deductible gift to support Good Start Preschools so no child is left behind.

*All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible. Action on Poverty has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status (ABN 42 002 568 005). For more information about tax-deductibility, please contact us.

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