Celebrating Success: Kampong Chhnang’s BEEP Graduates Receive Official Certificates

The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS) and the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT), in collaboration with UNESCO, recently celebrated the graduation of 56 students from the Basic Education Equivalency Programme (BEEP) in Kampong Chhnang province. This program was created to address the high dropout rate in the region and provides a flexible learning pathway for students who completed primary education but didn’t continue to lower secondary school.

Key highlights of the program include:

  • Remarkable Graduates: The ceremony saw the participation of key stakeholders, including government officials and organizations like UNESCO, SMART Axiata, and local authorities. Notably, among the graduates were village chiefs and a kindergarten teacher, all of whom now have improved educational qualifications.

  • Innovative Education: BEEP introduced Cambodia’s first blended learning approach, offering flexibility to learners. UNESCO provided vital support for the program, fostering collaboration between the MoEYS and MLVT and promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

  • Expanding Opportunities: BEEP’s reach has expanded to benefit various sectors, including garment industries, rehabilitation centers, and correctional facilities. There are plans to empower migrant workers and youth in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), with support from the private sector, particularly SMART Axiata.

  • Ongoing Growth: The program has established 27 learning centers across 16 provinces, enrolling over 2,000 learners. 

The BEEP program is part of the Decent Employment for Youth in Cambodia Phase II (DEY II), supported by The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the government, and Smart Axiata. 

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