The education ministry’s Information Technology Department conducted a recent training course for 200 high school teachers, in order to enhance their use of online teaching resources.

The workshop – themed “The use of Sala Digital (Digital School) platform and Open Education Resources (OER)” website for teaching and learning” – took place on March 18, with 200 educators from 10 target high schools in attendance, according to the ministry.

The training was part of the OER and Digital Skills Resource projects, with the support of the Liechtenstein government’s official donor agency, Liechtenstein Development Services (LED). It was carefully designed to train teachers on the use of digital educational materials.

According to the ministry, after completing the training, the participants will share the knowledge they have acquired with other teachers in their schools. This will allow them to educate their students on the use of digital materials for self-study and research, as well as cultivating skills in the proper and useful use of information technology.

Kong Samneang, head of the Federation of Education Services in Cambodia, expressed his support for the establishment of training courses on the use of the Sala Digital suite, describing the training as an excellent means of building the capacity of both teachers and students.

“Encouraging the capacity of teachers through additional training is necessary, because it will improve their ability to support future economic growth through the development of the next generation,” he said.

“We would like to ask the ministry to increase the provision of digital education more widely, so that students and teachers can learn and share knowledge more effectively,” he added.

The ministry announced the launch of the Sala Digital platform to support teaching and learning in accordance with the new context of digital education, as well as the “Digital Government Policy of Cambodia 2023-35”.

The system was established in order to promote the sharing and use of digital education content more widely.

It was first piloted in December last year, and to date has more than 90,000 users from more than 100 schools. The platform provides access to more than 2,000 books and over 130 lessons.