The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), with support from Unesco’s International Bureau of Education (IBE-Unesco), is hosting a workshop at the Himawari Hotel this week to discuss policies to develop STEM education for girls in primary and secondary schools in Cambodia.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
One of the aims of the four-day workshop, which concludes tomorrow, is to help find tangible ways to get STEM subjects into school syllabi, as well as increasing learning resources, teacher training and professional development.
IBE-Unesco are currently running a programme entitled “Strengthening STEM Curricula for girls in Africa and Asia and the Pacific-Phase I.”
The Cambodian government recently signed off policies to improve STEM education for primary school girls here, with funding of $45 million coming from Asian Development Bank.
A roundtable discussion held yesterday at the Himawari Hotel saw several key figures address the government officials and media in attendance.
“If we don’t do significant changes for support to primary school teachers in the next five years, we can’t have beautiful classrooms,” said Santosh Khatri, IBE-Unesco’s Chief of Education.
MoEYS chief officer of science and mathematics development Song Vichet said: “STEM is very important for Cambodian students to help strengthen their future careers and solve problems they face in their daily life. However, we are lacking facilities which leads to students becoming less interested in [STEM subjects].”
Cambodia Development Research Institute executive director Rethy Cheem, meanwhile, simply stated that “social development is not possible without science”.