Takeo, Cambodia – December 25th-27th, 2023 – Over the past three days, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS) partnered with the Takeo Provincial Department of Education (Takeo POE) and development partners to host a crucial Consultation workshop in Takeo Province. This intensive gathering focused on shaping the draft National Action Plan on Inclusive Education 2024-2028, paving the way for a more equitable and accessible education system in Cambodia.
The workshop provided a platform for in-depth discussions and deliberations surrounding the proposed strategies and priority actions for integrating inclusive education into the national framework. Participants, representing a diverse range of stakeholders, actively engaged in shaping the plan’s vision, objectives, implementation timeframe, indicators, and measurable targets.
Key Focus Areas of the Workshop:
- Draft Strategy Review: The workshop showcased the draft National Action Plan on Inclusive Education 2024-2028, outlining concrete steps and strategies to ensure all learners, regardless of ability or background, have equitable access to quality education. Valuable feedback and suggestions were provided by participants, strengthening and refining the proposed approaches.
- Vision and Objectives: Through collaborative discussions, a shared vision for inclusive education in Cambodia was established alongside clear objectives to guide its implementation. This collective vision will ensure the plan aligns with national education goals and aspirations.
- Implementation Timeframe and Indicators: Participants actively defined the implementation timeframe for the action plan, outlining key milestones and benchmarks to track progress and measure its effectiveness. Relevant indicators were also established to monitor and evaluate the impact of implemented strategies.
- Measurable Targets: To track progress and ensure concrete achievements, measurable targets were set for each strategy within the plan, fostering a clear path towards inclusive education advancement in Cambodia.
Broad Participation and Collaboration:
The workshop brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including:
- Representatives from MOEYS and Takeo POE
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as RTI, AAR Japan, HI, SCI, Plan, CARE, CRS, and NEP
- Development partners like UNICEF, USAID, and UNESCO
- Other relevant stakeholders
This inclusive participation fostered rich discussions and ensured the action plan reflects the perspectives and needs of all parties involved in the education sector.
The invaluable feedback and insights gathered during the workshop will be incorporated into the finalization of the National Action Plan on Inclusive Education 2024-2028. This comprehensive plan will serve as a roadmap for Cambodia’s journey towards achieving inclusive and equitable education for all learners.
The Takeo Consultation workshop marks a significant step forward in realizing Cambodia’s vision of an inclusive education system where every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.