Supporting literacy teachers in rural Cambodia

Children in Cambodia are struggling to read and write in their local language, and teachers need support to teach effectively. With your help, SeeBeyondBorders' will rapidly increase literacy rates, giving teachers training, resources and mentoring, as well as tools to track student progress.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1146044)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • OtherOther




Literacy rates in Cambodia are ‘extremely poor’ (World Bank,2017). Half of children in the first two years of school are unable to read a single word in their national language, Khmer. By age 15, only 2% of Cambodians reach minimum reading standards (MoEYS, 2018). Teaching quality is very low because teachers receive limited training and support (World Bank, 2015). Reading Khmer is complex and not seen as enjoyable, and unless new ways to teach it are developed the language could die out.


In 2018 we created a new approach to teaching Khmer literacy which enables students to rapidly learn to read and write. This year we will: support teachers through resources and weekly lesson plans designed to help students catch up after school closures; train teachers in creating tools to track student progress and support their learning; run workshops to build teacher knowledge; provide regular mentor visits; and develop a peer mentoring programme for teachers to support each other.

  • This project has developed my skills to teach children how to read and write. More children in my class can now confidently identify the individual letters of the alphabet, the vowels, and link sounds with the letters.

    — Noun Sophonn, Grade 2 primary school teacher, Ek Phnom district

  • Using sounds (rather than letter names) in literacy is new to a lot of schools, however I strongly support SeeBeyondBorders' literacy project, in particular the teaching content and lesson plans.

    — Yut Somban, Director of District Office of Education in Ek Phnom district