In Cambodia, 69% of children up to 5 years of age are enrolled in schools: a rising rate in particular thanks to the development of kindergartens managed by the communities under the initiative model created by Planète Enfants & Développement. 

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Indeed, for years we have supported the communities and families in the creation and management of community kindergartens by building parents’ awareness of the importance of preschool education, training instructors, and providing classroom facilities, particularly toys and games. More than 100 kindergartens were opened since the launch of the program. In 2017 alone, 14 new kindergartens have been established in the municipality of Kampot in southern Cambodia, housing 350 children of the community.

Yet, under a new national decree, 600 community kindergartens are accredited at the national level, a status with numerous advantages: the instructors will receive a salary three times higher (150 US Dollars instead of 50 hitherto paid by the municipality), and a budget of operating and maintenance costs will be apportioned to the municipality. In other words, the condition for sustainability will all be met!

In order to achieve this status, “our” kindergartens of Kampot, currently located in private residences and on playgrounds, must be built as permanent structures according to the schematics published by the government. We have already found the necessary funding for the construction of 2 kindergartens, and are actively looking for funding for the other 12…

 

November 8, 2018