Education Notes is a series produced by the World Bank to share lessons learned from innovative approaches to improving education practice and policy around the globe. Background work for this piece was done in partnership, with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2002-07) Thomas, Christopher J.
Cambodia has made good progress in
rebuilding its education system after three decades of
conflict and isolation. Enrollments are growing,
administration is improving, and large numbers of schools
have been rehabilitated. A number of innovative and mutually
reinforcing programs have energized local administrators and
resourced schools, building on early efforts to rebuild
capacity. These are, however, not sufficient conditions for
improving education outcomes, and significant challenges
remain in the financing and management of education in order
to realize Cambodia's goal of providing free, universal
access to basic education.