All Children Learning was a USAID-funded project that aimed to improve the Early Grade Reading (EGR) skills of children in Grades 1 and 2 in Cambodia. The project assisted the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS), its development partners, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to harmonize EGR teaching and learning approaches. The project built on existing EGR tools, textbooks, teacher training modules, and implementation approaches, in partnership with NGOs and EGR development partners working in Cambodia.
As a subcontractor to RTI International, World Education supported the rollout and implementation of the Ministry's EGR package, Komar Rien Komar Cheh, in approximately 990 schools in Kampot, Kampong Thom, and Kep provinces, and 9 districts with Provincial Teacher Training Centers (PTTCs) and Teacher Education Colleges (TECs). In Kampot province, WEI was responsible for coordinating the training of 100% of school directors, upper preschool, Grade 1, and Grade 2 teachers. During the 2019-2020 school year, WEI's 48 trained Literacy Coaches supported 426 Grade 1 teachers with intensive, twice-monthly coaching. During the 2020-2021 school year, the Literacy Coaches provided intensive coaching support to all Grade 2 teachers. Similarly, in Kampong Thom and Kep provinces, WEI provided operational management and field-based technical oversight of the coordination and logistics for the training of 100% of Grade 1 and Grade 2 teachers. In Kampong Thom, WEI's technical staff led the facilitation of training workshops, while 52 trained Literacy Coaches supported approximately 600 Grade 2 teachers through intensive, twice-monthly coaching. A mobile training team, consisting of 19 WEI trainers, supported the EGR training of all Grade 1 teachers and school directors in nine select districts across nine provinces with Provincial Teacher Training Centers or Teacher Education Colleges, enabling teacher trainees to complete their practicum at schools that are implementing the Komar Rien Komar Cheh package.
Additionally, WEI also built the capacity of central MoEYS to plan, implement, and manage this ambitious EGR training rollout in the remaining provinces across the kingdom. Lastly, WEI's most senior technical education experts worked at the national level to support the continued development of the Komar Rien Komar Cheh package and teacher training materials.