Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM marks Literacy Day, urges lifelong learning programme

PM marks Literacy Day, urges lifelong learning programme

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
UNESCO officer Lay Vutha (not pictured) said only about 10 per cent of the population is illiterate. UNESCO

PM marks Literacy Day, urges lifelong learning programme

The government wants national, international and community institutions to pay more attention to literacy as part of a 2030 sustainable development goal to make literacy a foundation of lifelong learning.

To mark International Literacy Day on September 8, Prime Minister Hun Sen is urging all ministries, institutions, educational institutions, educational centres, and pagodas to develop rich and flexible lifelong learning programmes to meet the needs of educators, and education services for citizens.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport celebrates International Literacy Day every year by issuing guidelines to the capital and all 24 provinces to publish banners and other content under the theme “Literacy is the foundation of lifelong learning”.

The celebrations have been interrupted this year because of Covid-19.

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha told The Post on Tuesday that the latest data shows the literacy rate for those from 15 years and above is 82.5 per cent nationwide.

“In 2019, the government issued a national policy on lifelong learning to provide opportunities for Cambodians of all ages to have lifelong learning opportunities in all forms, anywhere, and anytime possible.

“The theme for this year is to enhance the existing spirit of greater participation in all relevant parties,” Soveacha said.

He said the literacy programme not only teaches students to read and write but help Cambodians learn financial and digital literacy.

UNESCO National Education Programme Officer Lay Vutha told The Post that for Cambodia, the illiteracy situation has decreased significantly. He said his organisation and related institutions have launched several campaigns to promote national literacy.

“Only about 10 per cent of the population is illiterate. This is because the Ministry of Education has launched enrolment campaigns to boost education participation by almost 100 per cent.

“But the challenge is the secondary school dropout rate in grades seven and eight is more than 20 per cent and mostly female students,” Vutha said.

Hun Sen has also requested that heads of factories, enterprises and private companies continue to promote literacy classes, combined with vocational training for workers.

The ministry has partnered with 11 factories in the capital and provinces to provide workers with access to literacy programmes.

It has also cooperated with the Ministry of Interior to open 38 literacy classes in correctional centres and prisons.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for anyone who contracts the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron mutation or any other variant to convalesce or receive treatment at home or in any other reasonable non-healthcare setting. The new decision supersedes a restriction on home care for

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • 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

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa