The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has launched a campaign at the high school level that will support students’ learning in the digital age, as well as a science and technology project for upper high school students.

According to the ministry, the campaign was launched on May 22 at Hun Sen Bos Khnor High School in Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Leu district, and soon be underway at several other target schools throughout the district.

The programme – “Improving the capacity of students in the context of digital education at the upper high school level” – aims to support better quality student learning outcomes in the digital age.

It will allow for youth volunteers from the ministry’s Centre for Digital Education and Distance Education to meet face-to-face with students in grades 10 through 12. Representatives of these grades will be chosen for special instruction, and will then pass on what they have learned to their classmates.

“These trainings will cover a number of subjects, including the methodology of learning, which means that each student will find their appropriate learning method for each lesson and subject, as well as the techniques that best suit their personality type,” said the ministry.

It added that enrichment learning is another of the campaign’s focal points. This means students can use learning resources produced by the digital centre to complement their in-class studies.

“Another point is the accelerated learning programme. This is aimed at grade 12 students who are performing poorly in academic terms. It teaches them to refresh their knowledge in advance of the end-of-year graduation exams,” it explained.

Royal Academy of Cambodia secretary-general Yang Peou said that in today’s world, it will become more and more difficult for any country to maintain its development if it cannot keep up in the digital age.

“The inclusion of digital development training for students is a necessity, and I encourage the ministry to ensure that high school students in all provinces receive this kind of education,” he added.

Separately, the education ministry, along with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Cambodia and development partners on May 23 inaugurated a science and technology project for upper high school education at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh.

Education minister Hang Chuon Naron said the project was financed via an ADB loan, and was the result of a December 2022 agreement.

“Every project supported by our development partners plays a core role in education reform and makes a significant contribution to maintaining Cambodia’s economic development,” he explained.

The project will be implemented for six years and provide support for 259 target high schools.