Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister focuses on early education

Minister focuses on early education

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Education minister Hang Chuon Naron joins the 7th International Conference on Anti-Poverty and Child Development on Saturday. EDUCATION MINISTRY

Minister focuses on early education

Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Hang Chuon Naron called on governments in the region to give priority attention to investment in early childhood care and development (ECCD) to achieve their sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Chuon Naron made this call in his opening remarks at the 7th International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Child Development under the theme “Investing in Children for Sustainable Prosperity”, which was hosted by China but held online on July 24.

The minister said that investing in early childhood development was one of the most effective things a country could do to eliminate poverty, boost prosperity and create human capital needed for economies to diversify and grow.

He said that in Cambodia infant mortality rate declined by 50 per cent between 2010 and 2014 due to improved care and economic development, especially investment in early childhood education (ECE) and parental education.

“We have also developed ECD policies and legal frameworks, and adopted a holistic and inclusive approach to ECD,” he said.

According to the minister, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young children and UNESCO estimates that about 1.5 billion learners are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The significant impacts of Covid-19 threaten the progress of ECD targets for the SDGs of the region.

“For that reason, we must work together to share experiences in order to continue education for our children,” he said.

He called on local governments to place a priority on providing holistic and inclusive ECD in the region adopting the nurturing care framework for ECD in support of achieving ECD-related targets in the SDGs.

He called for a focus on communities where children are most at risk of being left behind and for a specific focus on families and children facing the greatest barriers to quality ECD.

He also suggested putting in place transformational policies and actions to address Covid-19 reinforced disparities, provide extra help to children with disabilities and to ensure that children in remote locations without access to online learning are not disadvantaged even more.

“We must balance between protection and education. Blended learning will continue and innovative approaches to ECD are needed,” he said.

The UN on July 20 stated that education is very important for children’s personal development and lifelong potential. The UN said that education is the key to escaping poverty, reducing inequality and promoting sustainable development and that the global pandemic of Covid-19 has disrupted education and enrolment worldwide.

In Cambodia, schools have been closed for more than 200 days since March 2020, disrupting the learning of an estimated 3.2 million students.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer