The SeeBeyondBorders Better Schools Program improves access to quality education for Cambodian children by assisting District Offices of Education and individual schools and their communities with school infrastructure. This program integrates with the Teach the Teacher and Getting to School programs to provide an integrated solution to the issues that prevent children in rural areas of Cambodia receiving an education.
This program builds, repairs, maintains and improves school buildings and infrastructure. It prioritizes creating safe environments, health (particularly water and sanitation), facilities which aid participation (playgrounds, gardens, sports fields, art areas), and teacher housing. Projects are selected based on a set of priorities that ensure available resources are best able to significantly enhance the education available to the local community, where there is strong community ownership, and affordable and sustainable maintenance schedules. The overarching outcome of the program is to improve the teaching and learning environment for teachers and students alike.
Program Focus Areas
Build or Repair Schools | The Better Schools Program builds, repairs, and maintains schools and classrooms where there is an acute need and the project improves opportunities for education.
Water and Sanitation | Secure water and sanitation is also provided by selectively installing wells and toilet blocks that aid hygiene and health, and help reduce vulnerability of young children, especially girls. This component of the program also involves researching innovative solutions that engage the community in maintenance. Additional construction activities take place in the context of a health education program at the school that involve the community where practical.
Environment and Infrastructure | Other small projects such as painting, playground development, or tree and garden planting are a means by which foreign visitors gain the experience of working with local communities to learn something about one another’s lives, and demonstrate a commitment to supporting the communities where possible and practical. Other smaller structures are also considered here in appropriate circumstances such as hand washing stations.
Teacher Housing | In certain instances projects involving the construction of housing for use by teachers currently working in the relevant school are considered given the difficulties teachers face having to live such a distance from the school that they do not attend consistently. These projects provide basic and potentially communal accommodation for teachers.
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CEI approaches in actionSchool supportInfrastructure and equipmentFragile and Conflict-Affected States
Evidence of improved facilities has also been collected.June, 2014
The Better Schools Program has expanded as SeeBeyondBorders has moved to work within new districts of Cambodia.
The Better Schools Program is implemented on a school-by-school basis as more funding is acquired.
Monitoring & EvaluationNo
We are currently in process of developing an M&E strategy for this program. This will be completed by the end of July 2014.User satisfactionNo