11.12.2018 -

Madam Audrey AZOULAY, Director-General of UNESCO, visited literacy class for factory workers

Together with the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports His Excellency Dr. Nath Bunroeun, the UNESCO Director General Ms. Audrey Azoulay visited the Sabrina-Top Summit Inc. to observe and interact with Management, Teachers and the Learners of the Factory Literacy Programme, implemented by MoEYS with support from UNESCO.

The Factory Literacy Programme provides learning opportunities for people at work, majority of whom are young women. It is a concrete model of Public-Private Partnership, where the Ministry has developed the textbooks tailored for working people, trained literacy teachers and has covered the salaries of literacy teachers in selected factories. The companies provide space for conducting literacy classes, nominate and allow staff-time to become literacy teachers and encourage workers to join the literacy classes. Similarly, UNESCO and partners such as SIPAR and CWPD support with technical and financial resources.

This is a real example of “Learning while Earning” – in other words Lifelong Learning.

The Factory Literacy Programme, started in 2016 is being implemented in 25 Factories across 9 provinces. To date 47 Literacy Teachers have been trained and 933 Learners (over 90% women) have been enrolled and in 2017 alone, 438 Learners successfully earned certification of completion (deemed equivalent to Grade 4).

During the interaction with the Management, Teachers and the Learners, the Director-General, appreciated the efforts by all and congratulated the learners for their commitment for learning. The Director-General noted, “We all know the importance of literacy, especially the literacy of women. A literate woman is better capable planning her family, makes sure her children get proper vaccination and nutrition, makes sure the children go to school, stay in school and learn at home. Of course, not to forget, literate women are more efficient and effective employee/human resource. Hence, investing in Women’s literacy is investment in the present and future."

The Director General thanked the management team of Sabrina-Top Summit and expressed UNESCO’s continued engagement in these efforts to reach more and more employers as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and called for continued support from our partners, civil society organizations so that all workers have the basic literacy and numeracy competencies.

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