For many students in rural communities across Cambodia, access to school is not always a given. In remote areas, students often have to travel 10km or more to their nearest school, and class sizes of 60+ are common at high school level. As a result, education standards are compromised and teachers and resources are severely overstretched. Many students in remote communities must drop out of school early to work to support their families. Without an education, young people have few opportunities beyond unskilled work, continuing the cycle of poverty.
In order to lower drop-out rates and improve the provision of school education, expansion and improvement to basic infrastructure is desperately needed throughout Cambodia’s rural communities to cope with growing student numbers.