Bilingual Education and Literacy Project in Taveng, Ratanakiri

@UNESCO/Marte Vindspoll - Bilingual Education Class in Taveng District, Ratanakiri

For the Department of Non-Formal Education (DNFE), a pilot bilingual NFE project entitled ‘Bilingual Education Taveng Project’ in Ratanakiri province supported by UNESCO is the first attempt to apply bilingual approach with literacy materials in Brao language. One of the challenges of NFE intervention is the diversity of stakeholders that leads to ineffective coordination of the programmes. This project aim to 1) raise awareness among NFE personnel about the roles of bilingual education in NFE programme (literacy, CLC, equivalency, re-entry) to reach the marginalized in achieving EFA, 2) enhance capacity of the NFE personnel in knowledge and skills of bilingual education for policy development and NFE programme implementation, 3) develop a mechanism to share experiences and develop quality learning materials for non-formal bilingual education.

The non-formal bilingual education (Brao-Khmer) in Taveng District of Ratanakiri Province has started its third year in May 2011 with literacy programmes for the Brao people, an ethnic minority in the north-east of Cambodia. There are 5 classes, conducted in the evenings, in 4 villages. UNESCO has visited the villages involved in the project several times since 2009 together with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Provincial offices of Education, Youth and Sports, District offices of education, Youth and Sports and International Cooperation Cambodia. The project is running smoothly and with great success. The villagers are committed and the classes are popular. Most of the villagers now can read and write in Brao and the next step now is to introduce Khmer.

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