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.

Access to education & sport changed Puna’s life

2019-05-24T11:09:59+00:00May 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

2019-05-17T14:01:31+00:00May 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 [...]

Advancing women’s economic empowerment in Cambodia

2019-05-24T16:03:55+00:00April 29th, 2019|

Advancing women's economic empowerment in Cambodia In Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, 25% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day. Of the city's urban, poor inhabitants,  50% live on less than $1 a day. A lack of education and access to resources means many are trapped in a cycle [...]

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks

2019-05-24T16:12:44+00:00April 27th, 2019|

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks Fifty-five year old Ok Sokoan is a single mother of three who has faced more adversary than most in her life. While two of her children live under her small galvanized roof in a slum community outside of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, her youngest [...]

Education and football give Be the tools to build a better life

2019-05-24T16:05:46+00:00April 10th, 2019|

Education and football give Be the tools to build a better life Sixteen-year-old Be, an only child living in a poor urban community of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, joined ISF’s Education Programme in 2011. From the onset, Be was interested in playing football but knew that girls from her background typically don’t play [...]

Education first, football second for star player Sreyda

2019-04-11T17:05:34+00:00April 9th, 2019|

Education first, football second for star player Sreyda At ten years of age, Sreyda* left her home in Takeo Province to move to Phnom Penh with her older sister who hoped that ISF’s Catch-Up Education Programme could offer her sibling a chance at receiving a quality education.  Sreyda is one of nine [...]

Ten-year-old Ratha dreams big

2019-04-12T10:18:33+00:00April 6th, 2019|

Ten-year-old Ratha dreams big Ten-year-old Ratha* used to kick a football about with his friends and dreamt of one day leaving his rural hometown in Cambodian’s southern Prey Veng Province to become a professional football player and play for a real team. Although Ratha did leave his village it was because his [...]

Bicycles break down barriers to education in Cambodia

2019-04-02T14:16:05+00:00March 30th, 2019|

Bicycles break down barriers to education in Cambodia In Cambodia, distance is often a barrier to accessing education. Children, who often bear the brunt of many domestic chores, arrive late and tired at school after their long journey and inevitably fall behind. By providing bicycles to children who must travel long distances [...]

Community Development: ISF libraries get computers

2019-04-02T16:03:48+00:00March 20th, 2019|

Community Development: ISF libraries get computers We work closely with community and village leaders to make sure our education centres do not exist in a vacuum, but serve to lift up the wider community. Our goal is to create a good foundation for the children in our programme and opportunities for their [...]

Skills Exhibition for Career Development

2019-04-04T10:07:41+00:00March 16th, 2019|

Employment Support: PSE Skill Exhibition On the 15th of March 2019, seven 12th grade students from ISF attended a skill exhibition at PSE. By attending this events the students: Receive more information about different skills, so that it can help them decide their career pathway after grade 12. Understand more about each [...]

Experiential Learning Trip: Phnom Sontuk

2019-04-01T15:33:13+00:00February 12th, 2019|

Experiential Learning Trip: Phnom Sontuk In February 2019, 30 of our state school students, enrolled in grade 7 and 8, enjoyed an experiential learning trip to Phnom Santok, a cultural and natural site located in Ko Koh village, Kampong Thom Province. Surrounded by mountains, the site is home to many ancient heritages [...]

ISPP International Day 2019

2019-04-02T12:18:55+00:00February 10th, 2019|

ISPP International Day 2019 On Saturday, 9 February 2019, 12 students from ISF’s Catch-up Education Programme enjoyed International School of Phnom Penh’s (ISPP) annual International Day event. A lively event, full of cultural performances, games, music, dance and tasty food was all part of ISPP’s efforts to embrace and promote internationalism. Almost [...]