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Project information

Transforming Learning in Cambodia

SeeBeyondBorders is transforming the quality of education in Cambodian primary schools through teacher training and ongoing mentoring support. This means that children understand what they are taught, enjoy going to school and are less likely to drop out - opening multiple opportunities in future.

January 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: SeeBeyondBorders

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  • Need


    In Cambodia, only 55% of girls and 51.5% of boys stay in education long enough to reach secondary school. One of the key reasons for this low attrition rate is because only 58% of teachers have completed secondary school themselves (UNESCO) and the quality of teaching and learning is poor.

    Teachers leave teacher training institutions lacking both skills and confidence, and their teaching techniques neither engage the students, nor help them to understand concepts being taught.


    Teachers need support and training to help them build their confidence and competence in the classroom. Our project provides teachers with training in a workshop setting and breaks down mathematical concepts so that they fully understand them and are able to teach them to their students.

    What is more, teachers are fully supported by mentors when they return to the classroom, so that they embed what they have learnt into their daily teaching practices. We all know that practice makes perfect!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Teachers build on skills & knowledge to deliver improved practices in a variety of curriculum areas


    » Workshop to provide the teachers with real life examples and to share best practice
    » Workshop activities to encourage teachers to practice the new techniques

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved teacher skills when measured against teacher skills scale; and improved student attendance.

    Aim 2

    Mentors work in partnership with teachers to identify needs & ongoing professional development


    » Mentor visits teacher in classroom once per month to observe, support, coach and collaborate

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved student learning outcomes; and demonstration of accomplished mentor skills (including coaching & collaboration).

  • Impact


    Our vision is for a generation of Cambodian children to be empowered by education. This project will contribute towards this aim by improving the quality of teaching in classrooms (demonstrated through teacher skills scales and regular mentor observations) and therefore improving student attendance (demonstrated through monthly attendance trackers). This will lead to significantly higher student pass rates and therefore retention in school and a brighter future.


    1. Teachers revert to previous practice and do not improve practices in classroom. Mitigation: regular mentoring sessions and also support of District Office of Education who emphasises the importance of the programme.
    2. Action plans created by mentors may not accurately represent teacher development areas. Mitigation: A SeeBeyondBorders' staff member observes random sample of mentor sessions to provide technical support and appropriate feedback to both teacher and mentor.


    We will publish six month reports detailing the achievements and challenges related to this project which will be available on our website. We are happy to send these to donors if requested. Our annual report will also incorporate details about the workshops we run and acknowledge/thank our donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,379

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      Amount Heading Description
      £792 Programme costs Equipment and materials for training the trainers (fractions and patterning)
      £1,092 Staff costs Staff salaries directly related to preparation and facilitation of training the trainers
      £559 Per Diems Per diem payments for teachers attending workshops
      £140 Travel Fuel costs for teachers attending workshops
      £446 Programme costs Equipment, materials, workbooks for participants in workshops
      £1,350 Staff costs Staff salaries directly related to planning, facilitating and evaluating workshops
  • Background


    This project is located in Angkor Thom district in the North West of Cambodia. It is a rural district where farming is the primary income source. Most roads are dirt tracks and many schools and villages become difficult to access during the rainy season. Families are poor and it is not uncommon for adults to travel across the Thai border illegally to work on cassava farms for months at a time.


    90 primary school teachers will be the direct beneficiaries of this project.
    2,310 Grade 1-3 students will benefit from the improved quality of teaching and will be more engaged in school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SeeBeyondBorders has been working in Cambodia since 2009 and we are the only organisation in the country that trains peer mentors to ensure lessons learnt in workshops are embedded in daily classroom practice, so as to improve the quality of education in the long-term.

    We are the proud recipients of the UNESCO Hamdan Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, and our work is supported by the Cambodian Minister of Education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pov Pheung

    Pov is our Country Manager in Cambodia. As a trained primary school teacher, he's passionate about education & facilitates our workshops.

    Sophen Phan

    Sophen is responsible for developing workshop content, creating teacher resources and coordinating the mentoring support programme.