Room to Read Literacy and Like Skills Program Cambodia

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A Active

Key Information

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS), Room to Read’s Literacy Program currently operates in government schools in four provinces. Their Literacy Program has sucesfully supported student reading outcomes. Life Skills training has also been integrated into Cambodia's standard curriculum. One of the key components of Room to Read Cambio Girls’ Education Program is the life skills curriculum. Their social mobilizers teach life skills education outside of the normal school day, but they have integrated their lessons into standard school curriculum. After training teachers in Prey Veng and Kampong Cham secondary schools on life skills education, officials in Kampong Cham allowed those teachers to conduct life skills sessions for girls during the school day. Room to Read now advocates for additional integration of life skills education into the national secondary school curriculum. Girls' Education Programme  transforms the lives of girls aged 12 to 18 facing deep inequities in Cambodia. It currently works in five provinces and 40 secondary schools in Cambodia with more than 6,000 girls participating in the programmes. Locally recruited women mentors who know the girls, parents, community and local context are able to engage them on a range of topics tailormade for age and stages of schooling. These can include how to set a long-term goal and achieve it or how to negotiate when the family pressures the girl to drop out.  Older girls focus on preparing for national exams and career development.  

Lead Implementing Government(s)



East Asia & Pacific


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2018 -


Ministry Affiliation

Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS)


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • Literacy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Mentorship
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


12 - 18

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Other community members - female
  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • N/A

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Improving transportation

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Uniforms

Social/gender norms change

  • Other community mobilization activities

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Curricula, teaching and learning materials are free of gender-bias and stereotypes
  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased literacy
  • Teachers and learners have the knowledge and skills to promote gender equality

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms