This week, Cambodia celebrates both National Reading Day and International Day of Mathematics with the international community. The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), development partners, teachers and parents are taking the opportunity to celebrate the country’s success in continuing to improve learning outcomes in reading and mathematics, and acknowledging the effort that went into keeping learning going during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the past three years, UNESCO’s Strengthening Teacher Education Program in Cambodia (STEPCam) in coordination with development partners played a critical role in strengthening early grade learning in Khmer literacy and mathematics across the country.
STEPCam is a four-year initiative implemented by UNESCO with financial support from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Capacity Development for Education Program (CapED) to provide technical assistance to MOEYS to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the early grades.
It works across ministry’s technical departments and various development partners to equip teachers with the right tools, materials and training to make learning reading and mathematics fun and accessible for Grade 1 and 2 students.
By the end of 2020, it completed rolling out the new Khmer literacy teaching and learning materials package to teachers in four provinces. The rollout of the materials has been accompanied by rigorous in-service training of teachers and a newly instituted Early Grade School-Based Mentoring model that allows teachers to successfully absorb and apply the content in their classrooms.