Strengthening Educational Advocacy: Highlights from the 2nd Education Champion Leader Meeting

On 21 May 2024, approximately 70 participants dedicated to various education themes convened for the 2nd Education Champion Leader Meeting in Phnom Penh. Hosted by the NGO Education Partnership (NEP), this significant event aimed to establish a robust network among various working groups at sub-national and national levels. The ultimate goal was to enhance the functioning of the Provincial Education Sector Working Group (PESWG) in advocacy efforts to improve the quality of education. Additionally, the meeting sought to formalize structures and platforms for regular, meaningful communication within Education Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and amplify their voices to development partners (ESWG) and the government (JTWG).

The meeting brought together experts, educators, and education-focused CSOs from over 10 provinces. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, who shared insights on the School Health Project. This diverse assembly of professionals underscored the collaborative spirit and shared commitment to advancing education in Cambodia.

The meeting’s agenda was comprehensive, addressing several critical areas:

– NEP Policy Brief on Gender and Inclusion: A thorough review was conducted to ensure policies are inclusive and gender-sensitive, promoting equity in education.

– Monitoring and Learning Session by the Provincial Education Sector Working Group (P-ESWG): This session provided an opportunity to assess progress, share best practices, and identify areas for improvement.

– Updates from Six Thematic Working Groups: Each group, focusing on Non-Formal Education and Lifelong Learning, Early Childhood Care and Education, Education and Disabilities, Primary Education, School Reform, and Teacher Capacity Development, shared their progress, challenges, and future plans. These updates were crucial in aligning efforts and strategies across different education sectors.

A key outcome of the meeting was the reinforcement of collaborative efforts among CSOs, educators, and government representatives. By fostering stronger networks and communication channels, the participants aimed to create a more unified and effective advocacy front. This collaboration is vital for addressing the complex challenges facing the education sector and ensuring that the voices of civil society are heard in policy-making processes.

The 2nd Education Champion Leader Meeting marked a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to improve education in Cambodia. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders and focusing on critical areas of education policy and practice, the meeting set the stage for continued progress and innovation. The NEP and its partners remain committed to advocating for high-quality, inclusive education that meets the needs of all learners.

This meeting exemplifies the power of collaboration and the importance of a unified approach in driving educational reforms. As the participants return to their respective roles, the insights and connections gained from this event will undoubtedly contribute to a stronger, more effective education system in Cambodia.

Feel free to share this page