Cambodia has one of the world's youngest populations. More than 40% are under 18 years of age, over 20,000 of who live and/or work on the streets and 15% never enter a school. Tiny Toones' students are aged 6-24 and come from the poorest areas of Phnom Penh. They are vulnerable to substance abuse, exploitation, gang involvement and HIV/AIDS. They face multiple barriers to educational progress as a result of their backgrounds, the costs involved, and being compelled to earn money themselves.
We engage, inspire and educate those least engaged with the public education system. Tiny Toones unique appeal brings the most vulnerable kids to us for dance and creative arts. We use this opportunity to get them into the classroom where we can start making up for lost time. The Education for All project will provide over 200 children with lessons in English, Khmer (Cambodian national language), computing and creative arts every day. Over 500 children will attend classes throughout the year.
These key skills are the foundations of further learning. Increased knowledge in these subjects will build self-esteem, motivation and confidence and enable Tiny Toones students to communicate better with peers, public services and potential employers, thereby enhancing their employment prospects and future options.