Cambodia is a developing country in dire need of educational support. In rural Cambodia, a student might start kindergarten with a class of 30 students, but because of a lack of teacher training, not enough money for families to send their children to school, and an insufficient understanding about why education is important, that class will drop to only 8 students by the sixth grade.
To change these statistics, Global ADE began its operation in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia. Siem Reap, located north of Phnom Penh, is home to the world famous Angkor Wat Complex. Even though the city has a healthy tourist population, more than 50% of the residents of Siem Reap live below the poverty line. This means that more than 50% of people live off of less than 0. 43 cents (USD) per day. In the neighboring villages, less than 10% of children make it to upper secondary school (6th-12th grade). Our partner programs in Siem Reap are serving to combat these statistics and create opportunities for students to continue their education.
In 2012 Global ADE expanded operations in Cambodia to Phnom Penh to support the Community Education Development Organization (CEDO), initiated by Mr. Nong Bora. A local community leader, Mr. Nong Bora has identified a need for English education in the Kandal Province and put together a proposal to fund an English language class.
In 2007 a local Quaker church group founded a free secondary school for orphans that has quickly grown. Starting with only ninth grade, the school has since grown by a class each year and is now a full 9-12th grade high school. Now the school is government run, has 12 teachers (9 full-time, 3 student teachers), a principal and deputy principal, an accountant, and a secretary. Global ADE supported an electrification and library project at Friends Secondary School in 2011.