The month of October 2019 saw the roll-out of a number of capacity development activities and trainings conducted by the Primary Education Department (PED) of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) as part of Strengthening Teacher Education Programmes in Cambodia (STEPCam).
Among these activities, a five-day training-of-trainers for Grade 2 Mathematics attended by 35 participants (30% of whom were women) at the Provincial Teacher Training Centre (PTTC) in Siem Reap.
Another five-day training, this time targeting Grade 2 Mathematics teachers, was held in Siem Reap at Hun Sen Kumroo Primary School in Chi Kreng District. This training introduced the newly developed Grade 2 Mathematics package to 186 participants (60% of whom were women) coming from two districts (Angkor Thom and Chi Kreng). This new Mathematics package has been developed by the PED in collaboration with UNESCO Cambodia and the Open Institute.
Other trainings are also in the pipeline for the months of November and December, as part of the broader INSET efforts MoEYS and UNESCO are implementing via STEPCam in support of the Teacher Reform Agenda on improving the quality of teaching and learning in early grades.
Among these is the conclusion of the first component of the new Bachelor of Education (BEd), launched in early October 2019. The component, which requires in-person presence and takes place during Year 1 of studies, has enrolled 68 participants (48% of whom are women). It concludes in December 2019.
Importantly, October and November 2019 are also seeing the roll-out of Khmer Grade 1 in the four key provinces targeted by STEPCam: Kratie, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Steng Treng, Oddar Meanchey. The piloting of the Khmer Grade 1 content occurred during the previous academic year, in Siem Reap.