Factory Literacy Program (FLP) in Cambodia

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Key Information

Factory Literacy Project (FLP) was initiated with support from UNESCO’s Capacity Strengthening for Education 2030 (CapED) Programme (formerly CapEFA), and subsequently funded through the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education. The Factory Literacy Programme enables young women and girls working in factories to acquire basic functional literacy skills, and empowers them to better understand their own fundamental rights. At the same time, it supports the government and the factories to promote Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Cambodia. As part of the project, there was strong cooperation and coordination between the government, factories, NGOs and UNESCO. Each partner had specific roles related to their areas of expertise. UNESCO funded the programme, provided upskilling training for teachers, printed textbooks and  materials for learners, and supported the establishing of Reading Corners in 9 factories.  


East Asia & Pacific


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2016 - 2019


Sipar and ILO

Ministry Affiliation

Cambodia Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MoLVT), Ministry of Women's Affairs,

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Food/water security
  • Gender equality
  • HIV and STIs
  • Nutrition
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys out of school, Girls out of school, Youth


15 - 45

School Enrolment Status

All out of school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Vocational

Other populations reached

  • Fathers
  • Mothers

Participants include

  • Indigenous
  • Internal migrants (from other areas of the same country)
  • Orphans and vulnerable children

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Learning while working

  • Work-study

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • Coordinated Action

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased grade attainment

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Improved health - other
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved nutrition
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being
  • Reduced violence against children in the home

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Mr. Lay Vutha
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
National Education Program Officer for UNESCO Phnom Penh Office