Project information

Health education and healthy learning environments

Limited understanding of hygiene and poor hygiene practices are detrimental to the health of school-aged children. We assist teachers to deliver health lessons and improve sanitation levels within schools, creating safe and healthy learning environments and decreasing pupil absenteeism.

One academic year

Charity information


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  • Need


    Too often schools are places where children become ill, disrupting and delaying their basic education. Lack of water, inferior water quality and poor sanitation are some of the biggest issues affecting the health of children across Cambodia. UNICEF 2012 survey data show that only 18% of the schools have a proper hand-washing site. Regarding the causes of death, UNICEF sets the rate at 20% for diarrhoeal diseases, which means around 8 children per 1,000 births.


    Children who have hygienic conditions at school and who are taught about basic sanitation and hygiene are more likely to integrate what they have learnt into their daily lives. Making them less likely to be absent from school due to ill-health. We train teachers to deliver interactive lessons on topics related to the health curriculum. Teachers will learn to teach the importance of washing hands, brushing teeth and general sanitation. The community are encouraged to participate in the lessons.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Teachers are able to deliver health education through creative and interactive lessons.


    » Train grade 1-6 primary teachers in the health teaching methodologies to educate their students in an engaging and dynamic way.
    » Run demonstration workshops on teaching health in line with the curriculum.
    » Train teachers how to create effective classroom displays and attractive learning environments.

    80% of teachers demonstrate an increase in their pupil’s health knowledge and practical skills. ­75% of students report enjoyment of their class.

    Aim 2

    Good hygiene practice is adopted in school and the children's health improves.


    » Students clean their teeth during the school day.
    » Each participating school will hold Health Promotion Days for members of the local community to learn from the students about the importance of health
    » Each participating school will have a Health Education Working Group that will ensure the school and community continue to promote health education.

    ­Students will be observed regularly brushing teeth and washing hands at school.
    A decrease in the levels of absenteeism linked to health issues.

    Aim 3

    To create healthy learning environments.


    » Provide or repair school washing facilities, toilets and water storage.
    » Health equipment such as a toothbrush, soap and towel for each student.
    » Rubbish bins where necessary.
    » Provide or improve display of water, sanitation and hygiene messages in schools.

    Water will be available all year round in all seven recipient schools.
    80% of staff and students are observed regularly using the facilities in an appropriate manner.

  • Impact


    “One of the most efficient and cost effective ways to reach the highest number of school-age children in any country with simple health interventions is through the existing and extensive infrastructure of schools and the public training system for teachers” (Bundy, 2011). By increasing health knowledge and improving hygiene facilities in rural Cambodian primary schools, we will see a reduction in ill-health and an increase in attendance and concentration at school.


    There is a risk that schools will not engage parents and the local community in the health initiatives and that poor hygiene practices will continue outside of the school environment. This will be minimised through regular monitoring of the Health Education Working Groups and continued training of teaching staff. It is vital that school principals commit to maintaining the sanitation facilities. This will also be monitored by the Health Education Working Group.


    All of the schools we work with provide monthly reports on the integration of health lessons as well as attendance levels, so that we are able to continually monitor performance and take action where necessary. We can therefore provide regular reports throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,675

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,136 Construction & repairs Water storage, washing station
      £386 Workshop Costs Venue, printing, stationery, food and drinks
      £1,801 Equipment & Materials Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap x 500units
      £1,481 Staff Costs Wages, Fuel, Volunteer Support
      £871 Overheads & Admin (15%) % allocation of rent, utilities, printing etc.
  • Background


    SeeBeyondBorders operates in two provinces in North-Western Cambodia – Battambang and Siem Reap. We support 60 schools across four districts within these provinces: Bavel, Ek Phnom, Puok and Angkor Thom. All of these districts are rural with poor infrastructure and a high level of poverty. The Health Program is currently run in 7 schools in Ek Phnom and Bavel districts, with the aim to expand to more of our target schools as resources become available.


    The teachers, children and wider community will benefit from the health education and improvements to their school. Pupils will learn how to prevent illness, therefore decreasing their chances of missing school. Teachers will improve their knowledge and commitment to health practices. And the wider community will benefit from assisting in Health lessons, attending Health Promotion Days, and, for the most committed, becoming members of a Health Education Working Group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SeeBeyondBorders has extensive experience of working in partnership with local people to facilitate change. We have worked in Cambodia since 2009. During the past year we have worked with 196 teachers in 60 schools. Empowering over 6,500 children to complete their primary school education and progress onto secondary school. Our Health Education program has evolved from handing out resources to running programmes in seven schools with 28 teachers, 276 community members and 900 students.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Edward Shuttleworth – CEO And Founder

    Ed is passionate about social justice and was CEO of a Youth Development Organisation between 2006 and 2008 before founding SeeBeyondBorders in 2008.

    Kate Shuttleworth – Co-Founder

    Kate holds a Masters in Educational Leadership. She coordinates SeeBeyondBorders’ Teach the Teacher programme.

    Sophen Phan – Education Program Coordinator

    Sophen has worked in the education sector in Cambodia for 9 years. He is a qualified school teacher. He joined SeeBeyondBorders in 2011.