2022 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education: Cambodia Mentorship Program Chosen as Laureate
The Cambodian winner, selected by the international jury for the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, is the “Room to Read Cambodia’s Girls’ Education Programme” and will receive an endowment of $50,000 to advance its work.
Reading room, Cambodia
The Cambodian branch of the global non-profit organization has been recognized for its education program which helps girls aged 12 to 18 develop skills to succeed in school and in life.
The program is evidence-backed and proven to empower girls while challenging prejudice and fostering a supportive environment that engages parents and communities, adolescents and government stakeholders.
Room to Read currently serves over 6,000 girls through programs in 42 secondary schools in 5 provinces of Cambodia.
Room to Read Cambodia was founded in 2002 with a commitment to help the country rebuild its education system through a partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS). In partnership with the MoEYS, the Room to Read literacy program is currently operating in public schools in four provinces.
It was found that one of the greatest needs was to have affordable Khmer language books for young readers. With this in mind, publishing local language children’s books has been a priority since the early days of our work. UNESCO
Child-friendly libraries where primary school children can explore books, read for pleasure and borrow books to read at home have been created. In 2020, the Minister of Education agreed to form a national library partnership with Room to Read to develop and scale a set of national libraries for primary schools.