Receiving a quality education in Cambodia is challenging. One in three Cambodian children will never finish primary school. This means they face a future without prospects, opportunities or hope. Our Education Programme makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of these children, giving them a chance of a better tomorrow.

We focus on children from the slums of the capital Phnom Penh who have never been able to attend school or have had to drop out due to extreme poverty. Denied this critical early education, they are left illiterate, lagging behind their peers and lacking in confidence.

Our goal is to enable every one of these children to finish their education in Cambodia and build a better future for themselves and their communities. Our community-based model aims to transform the lives of these children, by providing them with the quality primary education essential to further development. Thereafter we provide long-term and wide-ranging support, supporting their development through secondary schooling and into further education or gainful employment.

Vocational training transforms a set back into success for Lynha

2019-07-09T15:32:23+07:00July 9th, 2019|

Vocational training transforms a set back into success for Lynha Despite failing her high school exams, student Lynha is on her way to an Associate Degree and a career in accounting thanks to ISF’s Employment Support. This project was designed in response to a growing need for Cambodian youth to learn vocational [...]

Sarim’s story: Coaching offered a way out of poverty

2019-07-09T17:03:42+07:00July 8th, 2019|

Sarim's story: Coaching offered a way out of poverty Song Sarim, a full-time football coach here at ISF, was one of our first students to go through our Education and Football programmes in their entirety. Sarim grew up in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey district and was 13 years old and working as [...]

Cambodian students travel to Hong Kong on language immersion trip

2019-08-13T16:28:01+07:00July 6th, 2019|

Cambodian students travel to Hong Kong on language immersion trip Earlier in the year, 40 of our students entered our English Language Speaking Contest. The contest’s final round which took place on Tuesday 29 January, saw 15 students compete for the top three places. Prizes included trophies and the opportunity to travel [...]

Saren dreams of becoming an English teacher and footballer

2019-07-08T12:29:55+07:00June 26th, 2019|

Saren dreams of becoming an English teacher and footballer Receiving an education is an opportunity that ten-year-old Saren* has grabbed with both hands. Life for him isn’t easy but he manages to attend school every day, to study hard, to help his mother sell fruit in the evenings and to play football [...]

Books are bringing hope to Phnom Penh’s poorest communities

2019-07-05T13:53:03+07:00June 21st, 2019|

Books are bringing hope to Phnom Penh's poorest communities Mother-of-four Leang Ey moved to Phnom Penh five years ago in search of better economic and education opportunities for her family. Originally from Kandal Province - a southeastern province, bordering Phnom Penh - Leang struggled to make a living as without owning any [...]

Addressing malnutrition gives our students a brighter future

2019-07-05T13:53:57+07:00June 19th, 2019|

Addressing malnutrition gives our students a brighter future Malnutrition is one of the greatest development challenges affecting children in Cambodia. One in three children under five suffers from malnutrition which not only leads to children’s growth being stunted physically but also reduces their intellect and ability to absorb knowledge. Because, many different [...]

Veasna is the first in her family to use a computer

2019-07-05T13:44:16+07:00June 15th, 2019|

Veasna is the first in her family to use a computer When 11-year-old Veasna joined ISF’s Catch-Up Education Programme two years ago it was the first time she had the opportunity to go to school. Originally from Svay Rieng Province, a southeastern province bordering Vietnam, Veasna lives with her parents and five [...]

It’s never too late to learn how to read

2019-07-05T13:55:10+07:00June 1st, 2019|

It’s never too late to learn how to read At the age of 63, Yoat Lim is discovering a whole new lease of life thanks to her local community library which has not only given her books to read but given her the tools she needed to learn how to read. Lim [...]

ISF Life Skills Course prepares students for life outside the classroom

2019-07-01T09:17:05+07:00May 29th, 2019|

ISF Life Skills Course prepares students for life outside the classroom In January 2019, we commenced our ISF Life Skills Course, a pilot project, with the intent of preparing our students for life beyond school and to impart capability in the form of the required skills, knowledge, experience, judgement, temperament and values [...]

Extracurricular field trip to Phnom Pros Phnom Srey brings history to life

2019-06-28T13:46:23+07:00May 22nd, 2019|

Extracurricular field trip to Phnom Pros Phnom Srey brings history to life On 20 May 2019, a group of students from ISF’s Education Centre in Chbar Ampov embarked on an educational field trip to to Phnom Pros Phnom Srey which translates as Man Hill and Woman Hill respectively. Located over 100km outside [...]

Staff Spotlight: Access to education & sport changed Puna’s life

2019-06-28T15:40:45+07:00May 17th, 2019|

Access to education & sport changed Puna's life 19-year old Puna grew up in extreme poverty where there was constant livelihood and food insecurity at home which meant that she missed out on an education and a childhood for the first ten years of her life. Today, she has overcome the odds [...]

ISF’s Employment Support opens doors for students

2019-07-05T13:55:46+07:00May 10th, 2019|

ISF’s Employment Support opens doors for Bunthai and Pong Kun Bunthai and Lun Pong are two young men that demonstrate what a difference an education can make - even a short education. Both Bunthai and Pong joined ISF as Catch-up Education students catching up on missed education and later integrated into state [...]