Government focuses on improving education system to meet UN goals

The government is poised to focus on improving its education system to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using technology, distance learning and curriculum restructuring.

Yesterday, Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron marked the International Day of Education by participating in a virtual event organized by the Department of Education of the Philippines with the theme “Changing Course, Transforming Education”.

Naron said that to achieve the SDGs with limited resources, Cambodia must prioritize and accelerate school reform.

“We need to build institutional capacity, focusing in particular on teacher capacity reform to respond to the rapidly changing educational and academic landscape in the post-Covid-19 recovery,” Naron said.

Addressing participants from around the world, he said nations must build their education systems to be resilient in different circumstances, using Cambodia’s recent BAC-II exam results as an example to prove that its education system is strong enough to withstand the Covid-19 pandemic although the type of learning-teaching has shifted from face-to-face to online.

“For this reason, for the next stage of our education reform, the Ministry of Education of Cambodia will focus on system strengthening and capacity building, especially on results-based management,” said Naron added.

He also said the ministry will explore how facts can be used to spark new ideas and improve policies, as well as focus on impact.

The Minister called on all stakeholders to work closely together with the aim of achieving inclusive education at the national, regional and international levels.

The UN in Cambodia said yesterday that education can provide children with a ladder out of poverty and a path for them to a bright future.

“On this year’s Education Day, let us ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030,” the UN said.

According to the UN, the right to education is enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“The declaration calls for free and compulsory primary education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989, goes further by stipulating that countries must make higher education accessible to all,” the UN added.

As for the European Union in Cambodia, to celebrate the International Day of Education, it said that education is at the heart of EU cooperation with ASEAN countries, including Cambodia. Accordingly, many EU-ASEAN projects and initiatives aim to support formal and informal education, such as Erasmus+, EU SHARE and E-READI science & research dialogue.

The EU also said that in Cambodia, the EU was working with the government, development partners and civil society to build capacity within the Ministry of Education with the aim of improving the quality of the education system. public education and to help students complete their studies.

“In Cambodia, the European Union and its development partners have provided hygiene and learning materials to enable children to learn and stay safe despite the pandemic. This operation benefits more than 3.2 million Cambodian children. Furthermore, the European Union has contributed to a better and safer learning environment for children by constructing 750 classrooms,” the EU said.