Project information

Enabling Cambodian children to get to school

Families in Cambodia are often forced to prioritise work over education in order to survive. SeeBeyondBorders empowers schools to identify families in extreme poverty in the community. Based on a commitment to improve attendance, small grants and bicycles are provided to get children to school.

One academic year

Charity information: SeeBeyondBorders

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  • Need

    Need

    In Cambodia today over 50% of the population is under 21. Up to half of Cambodia’s children do not complete primary school and 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. Parents are often illiterate and struggle to understand the value of education and therefore do not actively encourage their children to attend school regularly. This is the problem our project is trying to solve.

    Solution

    SeeBeyondBorders wants to improve access to quality education for all Cambodian children. We work closely with schools in rural communities to identify families in extreme poverty 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 grant provides targeted support to help relieve children of work responsibilities and allow them to attend school regularly with the support of their parents.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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

    Activities

    » 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 Conditional Cash Payment resources.
    » Support schools, Conditional Cash Payment committees and the community to monitor progress, attendance and engagement of beneficiaries.

    Community feedback about the Conditional 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

    Activities

    » Teachers, Principals and Conditional Cash Payment 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 attendance increases to over 80%.


  • Impact

    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%.

    Risk

    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 guidelines as established by the CCP committee.

    Reporting

    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 usually provide six-monthly reports to donors but can provide reports on a more regular basis if required.

  • 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

    Location

    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.

    Beneficiaries

    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 Conditional Cash Payment 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. To date, we have trained 523 primary school teachers across 199 schools to provide 27,000 children access to a quality education. We improve the standard of education through teacher training thereby increasing children’s ability and desire to access education. Our programme is designed in line with latest CCP best practice from the World Bank and has already had a demonstrable impact.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    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 2009.

    Kate Shuttleworth – Co-Founder

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

    Reasmey Cheut - Programme Manager

    Reasmey liaises with the local communities to emphasise the value of education. He is passionate about giving children opportunities to succeed.

"Thank you to the CCP programme, which has helped my daughter to become the best student in her classroom. In the future, my daughter wants to be a doctor and I am very proud of her"

Asan is a child who has received CCP support. Her parents don't have regular jobs and they always look for work to earn money. Asan's mother told us: