Today, Cambodia celebrates its 5th National Reading Day – an initiative begun by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), in cooperation with key development partners and NGOs, to embrace a love of reading, especially from a young age.
Five years on, National Reading Day is an opportunity to recognize the importance of early grade reading – and learning overall; to reflect upon what has been achieved, especially by MoEYS in the many steps taken toward improving the quality of education in Cambodia; and to acknowledge the journey ahead where each of us can play a part.
A global and regional perspective on the state of education
Globally, 6 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. The UNESCO study (2017) indicates that in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, almost one-third, or 78 million children and adolescents, will not read proficiently if current trends continue.
Of most concern is that the vast majority of children and adolescents who are not learning are actually in school, which highlights serious issues regarding the quality of education.