Since mid-March, Covid-19 has impacted education in Cambodia, especially in the rural areas, where online learning was more challenging due to the lack of internet. Schools across the country were closed to reduce the spread of the virus. By early September schools began to reopen in phases under strict government policies and regulations that put the welfare of students at the forefront.
The Cambodian government understands how important education is to the country's economic progress and growth as a nation. Wearing masks, washing hands, checking temperatures, and maintaining social distancing has become the new normal to ensure a safe environment for students and teachers. And, these efforts are working to keep students in school and continue their education.
According to a Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport statement released on November 18, 2020, the government is working to recruit over 3,000 qualified teachers in order to meet student-teacher ratios and the educational needs of students at the kindergarten, primary and higher educational levels across the country. This effort to recruit more teachers will provide more support to poor students and help these young Cambodians extend their education past primary school.
Trailblazer's work in distributing bicycles augments the Cambodian government's efforts to keep students in school. With the ongoing support of our donors, we can give a student the ability to attend school. We greatly appreciate every $55 donation that buys a bicycle for a student needing one. Thank you.