BOOKBRIDGE Foundation has signed its first Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in 2011 aiming at the implementation of learning center projects in Cambodia through its Capability Program. Since then until July 2017, seven learning centers, including a mobile one, were established in three provinces of Cambodia, namely Takeo, Siem Reap and Kampot.
With successful implementation of the capability programs and having seen an increasing number of learning centers, BOOKBRIDGE Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia agreed to move on the implementation of learning center projects until 2020 with a landmark signing ceremony that was held on September 6 at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and attended by Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and Mr. Abdulla Rasheed, President of BOOKBRIDGE Foundation.
The objectives of the agreement are to: 1. Promote access to quality of education for Cambodian people, 2. establish self-sustaining community-based learning centers to increase life and career opportunities for young people in rural Cambodia, 3. foster social entrepreneurship through services provided by the learning centers (for example: English language courses, information technology, and other courses) and 4. support intercultural exchange and global awareness among the nations and cultures participating in the program organized by BOOKBRIDGE.
The signing ceremony for this agreement was organized with the support of the Cambodian Scouts for the purposes of continuing to contribute to provide access to education in Cambodia and improving quality of education services to be offered locally as well as to have continuous support in the implementation of the learning center project.
With the agreement signed, BOOKBRIDGE Foundation has anticipated that its Capability Program and the learning center project could be implemented as planned for the next three years with full supports from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, particularly the cooperation and participation of officials on the ground as well as the coordination of tariff-free imports of reading books, equipment and other necessary materials for establishing learning centers with a goal to contribute to improving access to education for Cambodians.