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Project information

Children's Education Programme

TGF works with rural communities and schools to improve access to quality pre and primary education, improve basic literacy and numeracy skills, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, reduce dropout rates of students and increase graduation and transition rates to secondary school.


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  • Need


    Public education services in rural Cambodia are in desperate need of support. In rural areas, teachers often have little formal teaching-education and facilities are lacking - quality of education and the learning environment need improving. Many children cannot afford school materials such as books and pencils. Dropout rates are high, and children in the TGF target often fail to transition from Primary to Secondary school, and enter the workforce at a young age.


    TGF seeks to encourage and help students adjust to formal education from a young age by working with communities to establish kindergartens. TGF also works to improve the general quality of education in pre-primary and primary school through teacher-training and capacity building, and works with communities to ensure that school facilities are improved on each year. TGF supports the poorest students, who are often absent to undertake agricultural work, to stay in school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Early Childhood Education


    » Run by community members trained by TGF, kindergarten classes are sponsored by TGF (teachers stipend and classroom materials provided).

    What success will look like

    Success will be continuing to support 9 Kindergartens Chi Kraeng district. Prior to TGF work in target areas there were no existing kindergartens.

    Aim 2

    Clean Water For Schools - Hygiene and Sanitation


    » TGF works with School Support Committees to build subsidised clean water stations, which gives students and teachers access to filtered rainwater.
    » TGF will provide materials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and other relevant materials to implement the project.
    » TGF will work with school leadership and teachers to design a plan to use these facilities daily as part of group handwashing/toothbrushing lessons.
    » TGF will continuously monitor the project, maintain the facilities, and provide small stipends to hygiene teachers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured in numbers of students taking part in handwashing/toothbrushing practice each day.

    Aim 3

    TGF Summer School


    » Providing stipends to teachers to continue with lessons in Khmer, Maths, and English throughout the two months of school holidays.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing rates of progression to Secondary School improve.

    Aim 4

    Key Skills, Life Skills and English Classes


    » TGF provides stipends for teachers to provide extra lessons to students who are falling behind in Khmer and Maths, to improve literacy and numeracy.
    » TGF provides teacher-training in English for primary school teachers. Students are then given weekly lessons in basic English.
    » The Life Skills projects works to set up school gardens, where students learn about diverse farming methods while growing vegetables for school meals

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing rates of numeracy and literacy improve, the number of days vegetables are provided in school breakfast improve, and basic English competency improve.

    Aim 5

    School Support Committee


    » TGF works with community leaders, parents, students and school leadership to work towards improving standards of education and learning environments.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing dropout rates fall and graduation rates rise through improvement of the standard of education and school facilities - which the SSC works towards.

  • Impact


    All children in the 9 pre-primary and 8 primary schools we work in will benefit from better trained and motivated teaching staff, and ever increasing improvements in school facilities. We will demonstrate our success by comparing % increases in enrollment, attendance, increase primary graduation rate and secondary graduation rate over the next 5 years. These activities are recommended by the ministry of Education in their 5 year national education plan


    There is always a risk that teaching staff may leave, thereby disrupting the work to improve local capacity of school administration, parents and students to work effectively and cooperatively. Also, local authorities may decide to run these activities themselves. This would be a welcome intervention, and our ultimate goal is to see TGF supported schools receive increased support from the state.


    TGF reports to donors when and however requested. TGF also releases annual reports of it's activities and expenditure, which can be found on our website. We also conduct monthly internal reports, which can be used as a basis for any bespoke reports requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 General Salaries, Transport for 2 staff running the programme
      £6,600 Kindergartens Supporting 5 existing and 4 newly established kindergarten classes
      £12,900 Water and Hygiene for Schools Supporting 2 more schools with clean water stations and 8 with materials for hygiene education
      £3,400 School Support Committee Supporting 8 School Support Committees
      £7,300 Key/Life Skills and English Supporting schools with materials and teacher stipends for a year
      £4,000 Summer School For teachers salaries and class materials to support 5 summer schools
  • Background


    We are working in 17 schools in 3 communes: Pongro Kraum, Pongro Leu, Spean Tnaut, in Chi Kraeng district, Siem Reap province, Cambodia - and area we have been working in since 2008. Siem Reap province, although having the jewel of Angkor Wat and other temples, is the second poorest province in Cambodia. Where we work is very rural, the population very poor and communities are very under served by government funding and infrastructure. Most people work in subsistence agriculture.


    Any children in the area can access schools TGF works with, and benefit from improved quality of teaching and an improved learning environment. Teachers and school leadership also benefit from capacity building training they receive with TGF. Parents can benefit from elements of the hygience and sanitation education, whic they may not have been able to access before. Also, we believe that by working together in School Support Committees, entire communities benefit from working collaboratively.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TGF has been working in the area since 2008. Children's education is just one part of a holistic community development programme - TGF also works in Water & Sanitation, Maternal & Child Health and Income Generation. We have strong connections to the community and the local government authorities. We have been successful already and with more work time and funding our projects will help empower the community and build local capacity which will have a lasting benefit.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sophanna Iv

    Sophanna,24,was a former beneficiary of the Child Education Programme, and wanted to work towards improving lives in his area when he was old enough.

How we work with the communities