Education and Training Program
AFESIP sees education and training as an opportunity for each young woman and girl to (re)build their lives. Education is a powerful tool that can improve the young woman and girl’s quality of life as well as that of those around them. Education also helps break the cycle of poverty.
Education In-Center: The formal education program starting at Tom Dy recovery center and the goal is to produce well-educated and confident graduates who are able to pursue professional careers such as doctors, psychologist, finance and accounting, business and administration, IT and other fields in the future. The formal education is focused on 3 categories, namely formal education in state/public schools while the girls are under in recovery center; community-based education when the girls recovered and reintegrated into their families in community at large continue and higher education for university scholarship. For child victims of primary school age, our main objective is to ensure that they receive a solid education in a safe public-school environment. Preferably, the girls will go to school while living at home, in which case provisions will be made to supply school materials, school uniforms and tuition for school attendance to prevent the girl having to provide income for the family. If the child is an orphan, or it is not safe for her to live at home, education can be provided at the Tom Dy recovery center in Phnom Penh. The girls of Tom Dy center attend the public school adjacent to the center and within safe biking distance for primary school and car transportation for secondary and high school girls. Additional tutoring is provided as necessary at the center to allow the girl children to keep up with the school curriculum. The domestic circumstances and development of these girl children are monitored regularly. We work to promote family-based care model, therefore reintegration is considered as early as possible after the safety and wellbeing of the child is confirmed for community-based education and outsourced skills training.
English and Computer are very important for the young women and girls, both for their studies at schools and professional careers. Following national curriculum of Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), students/girls enroll secondary schools up need to learn English 4 hours a week. Computer is a key to support their research and assignment while at school and necessary for their future career.
University Degree Education: Young women who completed high school are eligible to apply for scholarships for university. AFESIP Cambodia thinks such opportunities are very important. There are 16 women, who are survivors, have finished grade 12 and joint university degrees in different majors, 5 of 16 successfully graduated bachelor degrees of psychology, finance/ accounting and nursing. The young women who graduated university degrees, they have been empowered to work as full-time staffs at AFESIP. To date, 30% of the staffs of AFESIP are survivors.
Vocational Training-The older survivors, who are on average around the age of 18, often seek to gain valuable vocational training as quickly as possible so they can return to a stable lifestyle on their own or with their families. The point of vocational training is a sustainable income and life skills for each young woman so she can maintain herself and her household in a healthy and independent way. We emphasize useful life skills and applied business training by working in partnership with established professionals and other NGOs rather than solely within AFESIP. So far, we have developed a list of over 30 outsource trainings (outsource training skills directory) of different skills such as beauty salon, tailor, bakery, restaurant, front desk skills etc. The ultimate goal is to more effectively enable them to achieve economic independence and dignity as they return to their communities. These measures accelerate the process and enable each young woman to reintegrate more quickly.