education of children in Cambodia

Early Childhood Development  2020-2022

100 community preschools standardized for children's education 

In Cambodia, only 25% of children aged 3 to 6 are enrolled in preschools. Public schools are rare in the countryside and the poorest municipalities do not have the means and skills to manage their communal schools. 

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The context

To improve children's education in Cambodia, and particularly to fill the gap in public kindergartens in rural areas, the Cambodian government is promoting the alternative model of community kindergartens run by commune councils: they are easier to set up and less expensive.

However, not all communes have the means and skills to ensure the proper management of their schools, which penalizes the poorest. 

Planète Enfants & Développement and Unicef were the first to develop, at the end of the 80s, this low-cost alternative model to public schools, managed at the community level. We have created 150 community preschools in the country.

In 2006, the Cambodian government recognized the model through the adoption of an official program for community schools and training for female teachers (98% of the teachers are women, poorly trained and poorly paid).

In 2008, the Decentralization and Deconcentration Law (D&D) delegated the implementation and management of preschool to the communes.

It has also created Commune Councils for Women and Children (CCWC) specialized in social affairs. A major turning point for the country and for our projects.

How is your donation used?

For every 100€ collected by Planète Enfants & Développement, 85€ are dedicated to our social mission.

Our projects are evaluated by independent firms. And our accounts are audited and certified each year by KPMG.

child goes to preschools


of the poorest people live in the countryside where there is a lack of preschools


of community preschools operate below minimum legal standards

The project

This project follows 30 years of studies and experience of Planète Enfants & Développement in the field of Early Childhood and to improve the education of children in Cambodia. It aims to reduce the inequalities in access to education between rural and urban children, but also to support the fair employment of teachers and mothers.

To achieve this, Planète Enfants & Développement and its local partner Bandos Komar will support 100 villages in the provinces of Kampot, Kampong Speu, Sihanouk Ville and Pursat :

  • Support and train teachers, Commune councils and school management committees to improve their operations and meet the quality standards required by the state to be standardized,
  • finance the construction and renovation of schools,
  • offer awareness sessions for parents,
  • support economic opportunities for women who are freed from childcare.

To obtain state standardization, the school must meet thirty-three criteria (among which is to offer a building dedicated to the schooling of children and conforming to an architectural plan of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (e.g., but also provide indoor and outdoor play areas, adapted furniture, toilets and access to drinking water).

This accreditation is a major issue for the quality of teaching and the longevity of the schools. It ensures, for example, a salary for teachers of $165/month, compared to the current $50 to $100.

With this project, 2,300 children between the ages of 3 and 6 will have the chance to start their schooling under good conditions.

The community school model we developed in the 1990s quickly proved its worth. Since then, the World Bank, Unicef and many NGOs have adopted it to support commune councils in creating more 3,000 preschools."

Véronique Jenn-Treyer, Director of Planète Enfants & Développement

Our partners in the field

Bandos KomaA : Cambodian association specialized in the development of early childhood and the improvement of the quality of primary education in Cambodia.

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