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Promoting non-formal education to address inequalities in Cambodia

Despite Cambodia’s achievements in economic development and the significant reduction in poverty rate to 13.5% in 2014, there is still a major challenge of growing inequality between urban population and rural poor. Many young people do not have the required skills to match the labour market due to a high secondary school drop-out rate. With 62.5% of the population under the age of 30 and an estimated 300,000 young Cambodians entering the labour market every year, many are more vulnerable to exploitative labour practises and are unable to break the cycle of poverty.

ACTED works with Community Learning Centres in Prey Veng province to address the growing inequality by providing quality Non-Formal Education to rural youth, where they learn practical skills which match the market demand. ACTED also provides capacity building training to the CLC Management Committee to strengthen the management and leadership capabilities of the CLCs, with support from the European Union.