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H.E. Hang Choun Naron, Minister of Education, Mr. Jeff Daigle, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ms. Rebcca Black, USAID Mission Director visited IBEC Target schools in Kampong Cham (16, June 2014)

Cambodia's Minister of Education, H.E. Hang Choun Naron, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Jeff Daigle, and USAID Mission Director, Ms. Rebecca Black, recently visited USAID-funded Improved Basic Education in Cambodia Project (IBEC) schools in Kampong Cham province (Hun Sen Pus Pi High School and Anuwat Secondary School). Staff members from implementing partners World Education-Cambodia and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, government officials, school directors, staff, and students also joined the visit.

On the tour, the delegation observed activities implemented under the IBEC project, including a science lab, life skills program, computer lab, and presentations by student subject clubs. The visit highlighted the success of IBEC's approaches to improving education, as well as giving both students and staffs hope for the future of education in Cambodia.


H.E. Hang Choun Naron, Minister of Education, Mr. Jeff Daigle, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ms. Rebcca Black, USAID Mission Director seeing the science lab at Aknuwatt lower secondary in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia
 
 
Mr. Paul Grove, U.S. Senate, visit IBEC school in Siem Reap Province (22, Feb 2014)

Mr. Paul Grove, U.S Senate, recently visited Aranh Raingsei Lower Secondary School in Siem Reap province. This school is one of 292 schools benefitting from the $10 million Improved Basic Education in Cambodia (IBEC) Project.

Accompanying Mr. Grove was USAID Mission Director to Cambodia, Ms. Rebecca Black; the management staff of implementing partners World Education Cambodia and KAPE; government officials; as well as the school director; staff and students.

Guided by the IBEC Project Chief of Party, Mr. Chan Narin, the delegation was shown some of the impacts the project has made, such as a solar powered thin client ICT lab, an interactive science lab, a newly refurbished library, water and sanitation facilities, and productive Life Skills programming (e.g. vegetable garden, fish and frog raising, and mushroom grovwing).

The visit revealed the many obstacles Cambodia students face in gaining a relevant quality education; however, it also demonstrated the effectiveness of targeted approaches to education in improving educational opportunities and outcomes. For the students and teachers at Aranh Raingsei Lower Secondary Schoo, Mr. Grove's visit served as a great encouragement and source of hope as they persevere towards a better education and brighter future.


Mr. Paul Grove, U.S. Senate, was presented by the students council about the vegetable garden during his visit at Aranh Raingsei Lower Secondary School in Siem Reap province, Cambodia.
 
 
IBEC Launches Life Skill Curriculum (28, Jan 2014)

On the 28th of January, IBEC had the pleasure of hosting the launch of 30 Life Skills manuals developed by the project.

Presiding over the high profile event were Ms. Rebecca Black, USAID's Mission Director for Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Hang Choun Naron, Minister for the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport, and H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister for the Ministry of Wowment's Affairs.

The Life Skill curriculum is an integral part of the IBEC project. It is improving educational relevence, which will in turn help to prepare students with the necessary skills for a future in an ever-changing work place. "This curriculum will help make education more relevant, more attactive, and more motivating for Cambodia's youth. Most importantly, it will give young people the tools they beed to not only survive but to thrive in a fast-changing world", Ms. Black remarked in her ceremony speech.

The event was covered in local media across numerous TV station such as CNC and online media outlets such as DAP News, VOA Khmer, rfi Khmer, MoEYS Web, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia's online blog.

For more information, please contact Mr. Chan Narin, IBEC Chief of Party, at cnarin@worlded.org.kh

Guest of the IBEC Life Skills publication launch on the 28th of January 2014, review the Life Skills materials on display. Pictured here from left to right, H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister for the Ministry of Women's Affairs, H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister for the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport, and Rebecca Black, USAID's Mission Director for Cambodia.
 
 


School Management and Leadership Certificate Distribution Ceremony (25 June 2013)


On the 25th of June, there was a certificate distribution ceremony at the Provincial Teacher Training College in Kampong Cham province for trainees who had completed the School Management and Leadership Training Course run by IBEC. The Secretary of State H.E Nath Bunroeun, Vice Governor of Kampong Cham Province, as well as representatives from USAID, the Provincial Office of Education, World Education, and KAPE attended the ceremony. In all 553 people participated in this ceremony among them 187 females.

Since 2010, IBEC has provided School Management and Leadership Training for School Directors and Vice Directors from nearly 300 schools across the three target provinces of Kampong Cham, Kratie and Siem Reap. 553 people (56 females) have successfully completed the LSMTC delivered by IBEC in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. When addressing participants at this important event, the Secretary of State was very impressed with the level of achievement that IBEC is making in supporting the implementation of Ministry policies, especially in providing the essential training course for school directors. He emphasized, “Good School is only with Good School Director ” and suggested that IBEC should endeavor to continue its good work.

The Secretary of State H.E Nath Bunroeun, distributed the School Management and Leadership Course certificate to school directors who have completed the course.
 
 


Annual Project Work and Subject Clubs Fair (3-7 June 2013)


The project organized a Prjoject Work and Subject Clubs Fair in all three provinces ( Kratie, Kampong Cham and Sieam Reap) from 3 to 7 June 2013. This is the fifth year that such fairs have been organized with USAID funding and they are becoming an event that schools and students seem to eagerly anticipate. These events are a forum for presentation and exhibitions completed by the students in 42 target secondary schools that have received computer or science labs. The presentation reflected in-depth projects undertaken by students on various topics of relevance in their local communities and learning subjects.

These fair demonstrations also exemplify IBEC's strong focus on "constructivist" learning in which students create or "construct" their own knowledge through research and then share this with other students. In all, there were 543 students and 147 teachers/school directors participating in this exercise across the three provinces.

Students make their presentation, dance and dramatic performances during the Project Work and Subject Work Fairs in Kratie, Kampong Cham and Sieam Reap.
 
 


USAID and Ministry of Education Visit IBEC Schools in Cambodia (20-21 May 2013)


The IBEC project received a welcome visit from the USAID Mission Director alongside the Ministry of Education's Director General of Education and IBEC's Consultative Group members this week. The delegation visited three primary and lower secondary schools in Kampong Cham province.

Lead by proud students the quests were shown Bio-gardens, innovative Thin Client IT Labs, modern Science Labs, new M-Learning technology, bi-lingual classrooms, and improved water and sanitation facilities. Students presented on various student interest clubs such as a newsletter, English, and History. The delegation was also treated to a student performance of a tranditional Cambodian blessing dance called "Robam Choun Por".

To mark the occasion USAID and MoEYS dignitaries presented three students with awards for showing great dedication to their studies despite personal hardship.

USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black and Ministry of Education's Director General of Education, H.E. Sam Serey Rath present three students with awards for showing great dedication to their studies despite personal hardship during visit to H.S Aknuwat Secondary School.
 
 

U.S. Ambassador Visits IBEC Project in Cambodia! (25 March 2013)

On Monday World Education had the pleasure of welcome U.S Ambassadior William Todd and USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black to the Improved Basic Education in Cambodia Project.

As Ambassador Todd planted a commemorative tree mark to the visit he said, "This is a good sign of our commitment for Cambodia, education, and for partnership".

World Education, implementing partner KAPE, local goverment officials, school staff and students and community members warmly welcomed the U.S delegation.

U.S Ambassador, William Todd is lead by students on a Touring of their IBEC supported school in Sieam Reap Province, Cambodia.
 
 


USAID Assistant Administrator Visits IBEC Target School in Sieam Reap (14 July 2012)

On July 14, 2012 IBEC project staff accompanied a delegation led by USAID Assistance Administrator for Asia, Nisha Desal Biswal, on a visit to a target school in Sieam Reap province. The event at H.S Prasath Bakorng High School was attended by a diverse group of representatives associated with the school, such as the school director and teachers, the director of the provincial office of education, the local commune chief, and the student council officers. Continue reading please click here

USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia, Nisha Desal Biswal, visiting computer learning activities in a Thin Client Computer Lab in an IBEC supported school in Sieam Reap Province, Cambodia.
 
 


IBEC Opens 18th Thin Client Computer Labs (7 May 2010)

Story text with support from USAID and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), the Improved Basic Education in Cambodia project continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to promoting innovation in its approaches to Information Technology access in the education sector in Cambodia. On 7 May 2010, another new Thin Client Computer Lab was inaugurated at Bunrany Hun Sen Speu High School, Kampong Cham province. Continue reading pleas click here

USAID Mission Director and MoEYS Director General observe a students using an IBEC supported Thin Client Computer Lab.
 
 

USAID Washington's, Mr. Rick Scott Visits IBEC Target School (April 2010)

A visit to an IBEC project target school by Mr. Rick Scott from USAID Washington demonstrated that council development activities are going well and that teachers have been able to steer a middle part between advising the student while not dominating the activities that the council undertake. During Mr. Scott's visit, the students took the lead in giving him a tour of the school and the activites that they had organized during the semester. Continue reading please click here

Council Officers take the lead in taking Mr. Rick Scott from USAID Washington on a toure of their school.