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.

English Speaking Contest

2019-02-13T13:46:03+00:00January 30th, 2019|

On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 15 students from ISF’s two Education Centres competed in the final round of ISF’s English Speaking Contest. The contest, which took place at the Stung Meanchey Education Centre, was open to all ISF students with the aim to: Inspire students to speak more English outside their classrooms. Motivate students to [...]

ICT classes offering new skills and hope

2019-01-04T15:24:55+00:00January 28th, 2019|

Kun* joined ISF’s Catch-up Education programme in 2014 at the age of 10 at grade 1. Originally from Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, he relocated to the Kingdom's capital Phnom Penh at an early age and was raised by his sisters after his parents died when he was just three years old. Kun is currently being [...]

Sok believes education is the key to achieving goals

2019-02-13T13:45:38+00:00January 20th, 2019|

Sok* is the only child of a family of eight to have the opportunity to attend school. Due to extreme poverty, Sok’s parents weren’t able to afford to send their children to school but thanks to ISF’s Education Programme, Sok started school for the first time at age 10 in grade 1 back in 2012. [...]

Ratannak’s journey to state school in Cambodia

2019-01-04T15:12:53+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Every October, ISF’s teachers organise final exams all the students in our Catch-up Education Programme to take evaluate their abilities and ascertain if they are ready to enter Cambodian state school. In 2018, we had 25 students from our Chbar Ampov Education Centre graduate from the programme and enter state school. We will continue to [...]

A balance between employment and education

2019-01-04T15:19:59+00:00January 7th, 2019|

Chan* joined ISF’s Education Programme at the age of 10 in grade 1. Currently a state school student in grade 9, he wishes to finish his education but earlier this year seemed doubtful as he was struggling with the cost of daily living expenses. Chan’s parents died when he was just a baby and he [...]

Putting health and well-being into focus

2019-01-04T15:05:59+00:00January 3rd, 2019|

When Ava* joined ISF Cambodia last year at the age of 11 years old she was underweight and her general health and well-being was unstable. Because of illness, she missed classes regularly. Concerned about her health and wellbeing, one ISF’s nurses identified undernutrition as the cause of her poor health and gave her vitamin pills [...]

2018: Year in review

2019-03-01T16:28:51+00:00January 2nd, 2019|

2018 has been a successful and exciting year for all of us at ISF, in Cambodia. We’ve received international recognition in the form of awards and shortlists for our Football Programme and we’ve welcomed 80 new students into our Catch-up Education Programme as well as seen many students graduate and progress to state school and [...]

Tey starts school for the first time

2019-03-01T15:36:15+00:00December 30th, 2018|

This year, nine-year-old Tey* started school for the very first time in her life. Tey and her family relocated from Svay Rieng province in south east Cambodia to Phnom Penh three years ago in search of better opportunities and education. Tey’s parents struggled to provide for their family and were only able to send one [...]

Adult Literacy Project making all the difference in Cambodia

2019-01-08T10:45:33+00:00December 27th, 2018|

Mana, 38, a mother of four living in Chbar Ampov, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and her family are students and beneficiaries of ISF’s Education Programme. Due to illiteracy, Mana was unable to find a job outside the home and the task of financially providing for the family fell solely on her husband, a construction worker. Understanding her [...]

ISF’s Cambodian Youth Employment Support

2019-01-09T13:29:15+00:00December 18th, 2018|

We developed our Employment Support for Cambodian youth because as our students grow older, often pressure to contribute to their family’s income becomes greater. This means many students can end up in low-skilled and unstable jobs without opportunities. Our support is designed to keep youth in school and to equip them with the knowledge and [...]

Experiential learning field trip: Sambo Prei Kuk temple

2019-01-10T16:36:17+00:00December 1st, 2018|

In November, our Chbar Ampov staff took 45 state school students on a field trip to Sambo Prei Kuk temple (English translation: temple in the richness of the forest) in Kampong province, located approximately 200km outside of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Sambo Prei Kuk, built in the late 6th and early 7th century was declared [...]

State school support: Ratana’s journey to grade 10

2018-11-12T13:47:54+00:00November 7th, 2018|

Children who graduate from our Catch-up Education Programme have attained the necessary grade for their age to enable them to enter state school. At state school, students study Khmer, Social Science, Math and sciences for half a day. ISF supports them to attend state school and provides students with uniforms, school materials, monthly food parcels [...]