Strengthening Teacher Education Programmes in Cambodia (STEPCam)

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Strengthening Teacher Education Programmes in Cambodia (STEPCam)

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Strengthening Teacher Education Programmes in Cambodia (STEPCam) is a three-year initiative, designed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and UNESCO, and financed by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNESCO CapED. The initiative supports the efforts of MoEYS, with the objective to improve the quality of teaching in order to improve student learning.

STEPCam aims to enhance the competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of early grade teachers by strengthening and introducing new pedagogical approaches to improve learning in early years, thereby laying a strong foundation for the overall quality of education in the subsequent years.

STEPCam is the third consecutive Global Partnership for Education Sector Programme Implementation Grant (ESPIG) for Cambodia since 2008, also known as GPE-3. Launched in June 2018, STEPCam supports the long-term objectives of the MoEYS as outlined in the Education Strategic Plan 2019-2023 and stems from the joint commitment of UNESCO and MoEYS in ensuring Cambodia achieves Sustainable Development Goal 4 for Education by 2030.

The GPE-3 support is important for consolidating efforts of MoEYS and the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) partners to improve the quality of early grade teaching and learning outcomes in Cambodia.

STEPCam focuses on a set of interventions across four key components:

  • Component 1: Development and implementation of a new Continuous Professional Development system, supporting teachers in their professional development
  • Component 2: In-service training for teachers of early grade Mathematics and Khmer Reading, using new teaching techniques, a student-centred approach and mentoring,
  • Component 3: Upgrading the qualifications of teacher educators at Provincial Teacher Training Centres (PTTCs)
  • Component 4: Renovation of 11 PTTCs, creating a better learning environment for students and teachers.


Contacts for more information:

Esther Christine MCFARLANE (Ms.)

STEPCam Programme Manager


Sopha ANG (Ms.)

STEPCam Programme Officer