For 2016, the definition of No. 4 Objective: To ensure quality education and learning opportunities for all throughout life, it is a goal to achieve from now until 2030 according to the new SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and confirms that the commitment of Agua de Coco is open to worldwide education rights.
Education problems in Cambodia
These overall numbers mask big differences, both geographical and human. Geographically speaking, all schools have the same conditions, with the exception of others which are located in poor or remote areas being the most disadvantaged: 49% do not have access to clean water, 33% do not have no latrines and 2% only have 50% of the ceiling, walls and floor.
Not all schools offer the six levels of primary education and many communities have neither a school nor an institute. Almost 50% of schools work in shifts (children either go in the morning or afternoon) due to a lack of teachers, classes and books for children (3-4 students by September 1st will have books in primary school).
In the human sense, discrimination still exists and is very prominent. If a poor family can send one child to school, they will do so. At institute level, deprived young girls go to work in factories rather than attending school. In addition, there are low rates of attendance at school for both boys and girls, with a difference of only 2% less than girls compared to the number of children.
There are still insufficient efforts being made for the distribution of school breakfast and scholarship programmes to encourage regular schooling for poor children. In addition, child labor remains for most of them more essential than their education. UNICEF estimates that in 2012, 36% of children between 5-14 years were employed.
Although there are few statistics, a 2004 study by MoEYS estimated that between 2.5% and 3% of children are excluded from the education system because of their disability. Since 2008, measures have been taken to give disabled children access to education but also for their disability to be accepted and integrated within their community.
Although the situation has improved considerably since 2001, there is still a lot to be done for the Cambodian education system to speed up its delay and equitably integrate the vulnerable part of the population (women, the poor, the disabled etc).
What actions will Coconut Water take?
To meet the target enrolment of more than 1700 children from the most disadvantaged families, Agua de Coco has prepared several actions for the 2016/2017 school year, the process has been made possible by using the funds raised during this campaign.
Action No. 1: supply of school materials, enrolment and educational support
Agua de Coco wants to provide more than 1,800 children living in extreme conditions both in Madagascar and Cambodia, with school equipment to ensure that they can have a year studying in good conditions. In late September/ early October 2016, Agua de Coco will provide materials such as: notebooks, pens, rulers, erasers, pencils, folders depending on the needs of the school and its school level.
250 children in the Zafiros School
637 children in Salinas School
243 school children in the Salinas institute
132 children in the Salinas preschool
40 young girls Social Centre
100 children from Toliara beneficiaries of external scholarships
11 young people in vocational training
2 young girls in university
200 children from soup kitchens
100 Batambang children who are beneficiaries of external scholarships
60 students at the Mangily Farming School
70 students from the Fianarantsoa Farming School
In total 1,845
Depending on the level of financial resources of the parents, students will be assisted with school enrolment.
All children will benefit from scholarships monitored throughout the school year, and if necessary tutoring sessions will be organised.
Action 2: Strengthening the skills of teachers and the management team of establishments
The quality of education of children depends on their education. Coconut Water is committed in two fields:
Provide teachers with educational tools necessary for quality teaching (chalk, blackboards, educational materials etc).
Organise training sessions for teachers in order to improve their skills and knowledge, and allow the implementation of the action plan to support the management structures of schools.
Action No 3: Meeting the nutritional needs of children in school
In order to strengthen the presence of children in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Madagascar and Cambodia, Agua de Coco will contribute to the management of school canteens, a strong tool against low attendance.
Action No. 4: Literate parents
Parents will be invited to continue the literacy sessions so they can accompany their children in their schooling.
What will the donations support?
With a donation of 10 €:
You can help a child in need finance their school supplies and registration fees, and benefit from tutoring at school during the 2016/2017 school year.
With a donation of 15 € per month:
In addition to funding school supplies and registration fees of 5 children, you will contribute to strengthening the skills of teachers, the functioning of school canteens and sessions parental literacy