Cambodia

Country Profile

Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a relatively small country that covers 181,040 square kilometers, which is slightly smaller than the state of Oklahoma. Phnom Penh, the capital, is its largest city. It is bordered to the northwest by Thailand, to the north by Laos, to the east by Vietnam, and to the southwest by the Gulf of Thailand. Cambodia gained independence from France back in 1953. It is fully located in the tropics, and the country is classified as a low plain. Although, the country is surrounded by low mountains and uplands. Just like several other countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia has many monsoons, which are changing winds along with rain. Its climate is classified as tropical wet and dry, and its temperature typically ranges from 70ºF to 95ºF. Its dry season is typically from November to April, and its wet season is typically from May to October

Cambodia’s first census was taken back in 1921; however, this census only included 20-60 year-old males because the census was taken to collect taxes. The second census would not be taken until 1998 due to conflicts within the country. Right now, 50% of the population are under 22 and the females outnumber the males by 4%. However, for the people that are older than 65, females outnumber males by 60%. In 2018, it was calculated that on average each woman in the country gave birth to 2.5 children. This was much lower than the 2000 fertility rate, which was 4. After analyzing this data further, it was discovered that women who live in urban areas have a fertility rate of 2.2, and women who live in rural areas have a fertility rate of 3.3. Most Cambodians are of ethnic Khmer origin, and the country’s official language is Khmer. Some minority groups in the country include Chams, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Because Cambodia was previously colonized by France, many older Cambodians still speak this language.

POPULATION

16,975,341 (as of August 2021)

CURRENCY

Cambodian riel

CAPITAL

Phnom Penh

FUN FACT

Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world, is located in Cambodia

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

Despite the terrific progress Cambodia has made to their education system in recent years, many of the students in this country are still not meeting the learning standards for their grade. According to the UNICEF, 25% of students in the 3rd grade can not write a single word in a diction test, and only 27% of 3-5 year-olds are on track in language arts and math. This is probably due to the fact that only 43% of children aged 3-5 are enrolled in school. Furthermore, 55% of students dropout of school by the time they are 17. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including not being sufficiently prepared for classes, poor teaching, bullying, malnourishment, etc. Many buildings in Cambodia lack clean water and sanitation facilities, and children with disabilities often get bullied at school. Furthermore, many parents do not see the benefit in giving their children an education or can not afford the expenses of school, so they decide to pull their kids out all together.



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu is working with a few primary and secondary schools as well as a vocational school in Cambodia. These students are from underprivileged communities, so we want to ensure that they are able to receive the quality education that they rightfully deserve. Strive2Thrive provides a variety of lessons to the students to augment their education and hopefully reduce the amount of poverty and inequalities in the country. One of the lessons we provide is a health and hygiene class. This class is invaluable as it teaches the students how to keep themselves safe and in good condition, which is especially important during COVID-19. We provide the support the students need to become academically successful in the future. We are hoping that our work here will help reduce the inequalities that have suppressed and hindered these students in the past.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:

Specific UN Goals: 3

  • 3.3 FIGHT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Project Bangladesh offers a health and hygiene class, which teaches students the dangers of germs and bacteria, how to protect themselves and others from communicable diseases, and how to maintain healthy lifestyles. We hope that the students will continue utilizing the practices we teach them to keep themselves in good condition, especially during COVID-19.

Specific UN Goals: 4

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with many different organizations in Cambodia, including primary schools, secondary schools, and a vocational school. We offer a multitude of classes to the students here, completely free of charge. Many of the students are from underserved communities, so we want to ensure that they are still able to receive the quality education they deserve.

Specific UN Goals: 10

  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
  • 10.A SPECIAL AND DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu believes that every child has the right to a quality education, which is why we have partnered with different schools in underprivileged communities in Cambodia. We provide quality lessons to the students here to ensure that they are able to receive the same educational opportunities as their peers

  • 5.1 END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
  • 5.5 ENSURE FULL PARTICIPATION IN LEADERSHIP AND DECISION-MAKING
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: All of the lessons Strive2Thrive Edu provides are available to both boys and girls. We want to help close the gender disparity in education and give all children the opportunity to learn. This way, both men and women will be given the same chance for academic success and be able to take on the careers they want.

Specific UN Goals: 17

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with various schools in Cambodia, and our work with these schools promote many of the Sustainable Development Goals. By providing a variety of lessons to the students here, we are helping pave the way toward their academic success and improve the overall quality of education in the country.

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