Project information

School Development Projects Cambodia

United World Schools (UWS) is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for the world’s poor and marginalised children. We teach the unreached. We build schools and support communities by providing a free basic education, striking at the heart of long term poverty and deprivation.

January 2015 - November 2015

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  • Need


    Primary school education has been identified as the one of the most important factors determining a child’s future ability to live a fulfilled, healthy life and support themselves and the generations that follow. Out of school children are trapped in a cycle of poverty and are significantly more vulnerable to disease, malnutrition, child trafficking, vice and force marriage.


    UWS has a unique model that provides low cost, quality primary education to children in marginalised areas. This is achieved through community consultation, and partnerships with both government and local communities. This is supported by global education partnerships with partner schools and organisations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop primary schools in rural areas with a high density of out of school children


    » Construct, support, nurture and develop self-governing, sustainable primary schools in consultation with local governments and communities.

    What success will look like

    Number of previously out of school students who attend each UWS community school

  • Impact


    Improved access to basic educational provision and life opportunities for vulnerable young people. UWS has an exit strategy from the beginning of the building of each school. Our objective is that, once a school is established, successful and self-governing, we hand it over to the local community and it is integrated into the home country’s education system.


    There is a risk any school building will not be used by the local community. Yet educational provision is a long game but one we are tackling head on and with ambition and commitment, and with community engagement at the heart of every project. The model ensures that national curriculum requirements are followed and teachers are supported to implement grass-root educational programmes which are locally anchored, protecting indigenous languages, cultures and customs.


    Annual reports on the impact of each UWS Community School are shared. In addition to basic census data identifying how many children have been able to attend schools for the first time, UWS will monitor the quality of the education provided through on-going quantitative and qualitative assessment.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 School Contruction To construct the school building
      £2,500 School Resourcing To resource the school with appropriate furniture, blackboards and educational materials
      £2,500 Human Resources Initial teacher training, community teacher support, school administration and project management
      £5,000 Running Costs Annual school running costs including teacher salaries and resources
      £1,000 Adminstration Contribution towards UWS team costs and wider administration

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trustee Matched Giving £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Ratanakiri, Cambodia


    300 out of school children in a rural ethnic minority village

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    By the end of 2014 we will have built 20 schools in Cambodia. These schools will serve 5000 children both boys and girls alike; we do not tolerate gender bias. Each of the schools will reach 200 – 250 children and, once built, at a cost of less than £1 per child per week. We have a robust model with a track record of success. In 2015 we can continue this desperately needed work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nan Sitha

    UWS Country Manager - oversees the successful and smooth running of each project

New School Build in Progress

New School Build in Progress


Pays for a child's primary education for 3 years

“Having seen the schools and been personally involved, what struck me was how much is being delivered for so little"

Sheena Pabari