About the project
In Cambodia, a traditional view of the role of women accompanied by deeply rooted cultural customs makes it difficult to achieve real gender equality in the field of education.
Problems related to poverty have pronounced negative effects on learning opportunities, especially in the country’s rural areas. Among children aged between 5 and 14, over 18% are involved in child labour, and 79.2% have no access to education.
These issues are often aggravated by natural disasters such as floods or droughts (the 2016 drought is thought to be the worst since 1979), making it difficult for schools to adhere to the programmes devised by governing authorities. Poverty, malnutrition, health problems and disabilities are also more prevalent among school-age children, especially in remote villages.
These factors combine to give Cambodia one of the highest school dropout rates in Southeast Asia.