DVV International in Cambodia

DVV International has been working with the support of partner organisations in Cambodia since 2009. Our country office in Phnom Penh opened in January 2017.

French colonial rule, the Vietnam War and especially the dreaded regime of the Khmer Rouge left deep wounds in Cambodia. The reevaluation of history continues. After more than 20 years, the first free elections were held in 1991. Since then, a vibrant civil society has developed. But democracy in Cambodia is still on shaky legs. On the one hand many Cambodians have been able to profit from the benefits of economic growth, on the other hand, poverty remains a major problem and affects around half of the population.

The factor for individual growth in Cambodia

Cambodia’s post-war generation is very young – of the approximately 14 million inhabitants, 60 percent are under 30 years old. Thus every year up to 300,000 young people are thrust into the national labour market, often without secondary education or vocational qualifications.

DVV International:
International experience for the local adult education in Cambodia

DVV International in Cambodia strengthens government and civil society engagement for non-formal youth and adult education cooperating with our partners not only as a mere funding partner, but also offering consultation and technical support.

Group shot from our Semester Partner Reflection Workshop in Phnom Penh

Kavet and Khmer literacy classes in Ratanakiri Province

Our Country Director with two women from our basic education project in Ratanakiri Province during opening ceremony of DVV International Country Office

Members of the Non-Formal Education Sub Sector Group during a study visit to Community Learning Centers

Kavet and Khmer literacy classes in Ratanakiri Province

Kavet and Khmer literacy classes in Ratanakiri Province

Main focus of work in Cambodia

  • Basic education: DVV International, in cooperation with the NGO Non-Timber Forrest Products has launched basic education measures for children and adults at the village level in the province of Ratanakiri. These offers are designed to help the participants to cope and to use for themselves the radical change to which their region has been subjected due to the rapidly advancing plantation economy.

  • Reconciliation: With the support of DVV International, local NGOs implement reconciliation measures to deal with the past. Especially for young people, they organise workshops, exhibitions, but also visits to the “killing fields” and museums.

  • Scientific Research: DVV International cooperates with the Faculty of Education of the Royal University of Phnom Penh to explore the economic impact of Lifelong Learning in regards to earnings, income and employment and its impact on the individual well-being, personal development and expectations.
  • Advocacy, Networking and Political Dialogue: In regard to the various topics of lifelong learning, events are conducted with decision-makers as well as practitioners, and publications are published. Furthermore, we work closely with the Department of Non-Formal Education to strengthen the voice of NFE and LLL throughout the country. 

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