Education helps to reduce poverty and inequality, improve health and social well-being. Education is also important in promoting tolerance between peoples and helping to create more peaceful societies.
They laugh and marvel at their new room - they are just happy to be here and to be able to go to school.
Since Cambodian school started on November 1, 2022, 65 ethnic minority children living in the Ratanakiri region have had access to schooling.
Ethnic minority children have not had the opportunity to go to school because their parents live in extreme poverty and schools are inaccessible: difficult roads, rainy seasons, prohibitive costs for school supplies and transport for families.
FLO Children's Center in Banlung, the capital of the Ratanakiri region, supported a small group of ethnic minority children but did not have the infrastructure to respond to the many requests from their parents.
The children attend the public school in Banlung, are fed and clothed in the center, receive medical care and receive comprehensive educational support in order to improve their knowledge of the national language Khmer, to learn English and to learn how to use the new technologies.