Early Grade Learning/Food For Education, Cambodia


US Department of Agriculture (USDA)



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The McGovern-Dole Food For Education (FFE) project was a three-year program supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve food security, expand access to primary education, promote early childhood development, and enhance learning outcomes in Cambodia. 

In partnership with local NGO Bandos Komar Association, World Education led the literacy component across Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, and Siem Reap provinces. 

World Education and Bandos Komar assisted the Cambodia's Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS) to roll out their Early Grade Learning package, known as Komar Rien Komar Cheh, in three districts in Kampong Chhnang province. World Education provided follow-up training, coaching/mentoring, and reinforcement of the EGL rollout in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces. To guarantee capacity at the central level for the full transition to MoEYS for rollout across the country, World Education also provided technical assistance in training delivery, planning, and materials development. 

Project achievements include:

  • Reached 836 schools in Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom and Siem Reap
  • Trained 900 G1 and G2 teachers through in-person and remote teacher training, coaching, and mentorship
  • G2 students demonstrated gains in reading, with a 15 percentage point increase in students reading and understanding grade level text


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