Project information

Enabling Cambodian children to get to school

SeeBeyondBorders works with local people to identify families within their communities to receive Conditional Cash Payments. These are given to families to overcome financial problems that are preventing their children from getting an education.

One academic year

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  • Need


    In Cambodia today over 50% of the population is under 21. Up to half of Cambodia’s children do not complete primary school. Girls are often the first to drop out, yet one more year of education could increase their future earnings by 20%. Drop out rates are highest in rural areas where 80% of Cambodians live, due to the difficulty in getting to school and the extreme poverty of rural families.


    SeeBeyondBorders’ aim is to achieve greater school attendance levels in basic education. We work closely with local communities to identify families who are most in need and offer them extra support in the form of a small, cash grant that is conditional on the children improving their attendance at school. This payment provides targeted support to help relieve children of work responsibilities, and once at school, to ensure that they are sufficiently well-fed and healthy enough to be attentive.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support and enable local people to administer and manage Community Cash Payments (CCPs).


    » Train school and community stakeholders in the implementation and management of Conditional Cash Payments.
    » Ensure rigorous, fair and transparent beneficiary selection process and delivery of Community Cash Payment resources.
    » Support schools, Community Cash Payment committees and the community to monitor progress, attendance and engagement of beneficiaries.

    Community feedback about the Community Cash Payments committee is positive. The committee operates in a transparent manner.

    Aim 2

    Students in low income families attend classes regularly and are treated respectfully by their peers


    » Teachers, Principals and Conditional Cash Payments Committees track progress and collect data of beneficiary students and families.
    » Teachers, Principals and CCP Committees provide support to beneficiary students and families to meet the terms and conditions of their agreement.
    » Support Conditional Cash Payment recipients to improve attendance and increase engagement with school.
    » All stakeholders promote the privacy of beneficiaries and ensure equality and respect at all times.

    80% of CCP recipient students express comfort in their daily lessons and enthusiasm for school. ­CCP student's attendance increases to over 80%.

  • Impact


    The Conditional Cash Payment scheme is helping to educate families about the importance of education and ensuring children from the poorest backgrounds can access an education. The World Bank report on the effectiveness of CCP’s (2009) concluded that they have been successful in reducing poverty and encouraging parents to invest in the health and education of their children. This has been demonstrated without doubt in our schemes in Cambodia, where CCP student attendance rates average 95%.


    There is a risk that the selection of eligible families is not completed in a fair manner, but in-depth coaching and guidance of the committee reduces this risk significantly and ensures the process is transparent. Families may not adhere to the terms of the agreement. This is offset by the payments being made in phases and discontinued if children and families fail to meet the guideline as established
    by the CCP committee.


    All of the schools we work with provide monthly reports on attendance to allow us to continually monitor attendance levels and take action where necessary. We can therefore provide regular reports throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,178

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      Amount Heading Description
      £780 Conditional Cash Payment 20 payments to families (over a year)
      £325 Bicycles 10 bicycles for children who travel 3km or more to school
      £1,073 Wages and workshops Committee members and staff who carry out feasibility studies, workshops etc.
  • Background


    SeeBeyondBorders operates in two provinces in Northern Cambodia – Battambang and Siem Reap. We support 60 schools across four districts within these provinces: Bavel, Ek Phnom, Pouk and Angkor Thom. All of these districts are rural with poor infrastructure and a high level of poverty. Currently CCP operates in 5 schools with 120 children. With additional resources we would expand the program to other schools in the Ek Phnom and Angkor Thom districts.


    The direct beneficiaries of the programme are the parents who receive the cash payments and the child who is able to attend school because they have the means to do so (eg a bicycle) or they are no longer required to work to earn money for the family. The wider community also benefit as the importance of education is reinforced by the Community Cash Programme Committee and families are encouraged to become more involved in school life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SeeBeyondBorders has extensive experience of working in partnership with local people to facilitate change. During the past year alone we have empowered over 6,500 children to complete their primary school education and progress onto secondary school. We improve both the quality and standard of education through teacher training and increase children’s ability and desire to access education. Our programme is in line with the latest CCP best practice from the World Bank.

    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 and coordinates SeeBeyondBorders’ core Teach the Teacher programme.

    Sophen Phan – Education Programme Coordinator

    Sophen has worked as a qualified teacher in Cambodia for 9 years. He joined SeeBeyondBorders in 2011.