Many children in Cambodia face significant barriers in accessing education. Completion rates for primary school and particularly lower secondary education remain low. Poverty pushes many students out of school as many parents, especially in rural areas, cannot afford the direct and indirect costs related to education.
Child labour in Cambodia is also a significant concern with approximately 15,000 children engaged in child labour (ILO, 2013). These children are often required to work long hours to support their family in earning income and are vulnerable to a wide range of abuse and exploitation, including child trafficking.
VOICE works with families who are experiencing significant socio-economic barriers to ensure their children are able to access education. Our case managers work with families to overcome the cost burden of education by supporting care givers in generating higher incomes, providing school materials, transport to school, daily meals, University Scholarships, homework support, English classes, recreational activities and more!