Education First Cambodia improves the life of smart, young, impoverished Cambodians through two programs.
Education First Cambodia’s primary focus is its Women Scholars Program, which supports highly talented female university students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to get a degree. The young women, among the brightest in the country and also among the poorest, come from remote rural areas far from the universities in Phnom Penh. Their impoverished families, who struggled so that their daughters could complete high school, are unable to support their daughters’ continued education so far from home.
With Education First Cambodia’s support these young women attend the most respected universities in Cambodia, most focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in which women are typically underrepresented. Education First Cambodia also provides its Women Scholars with computers, as well as training in English and critical thinking.
The combination of the young women’s intellect and drive, together with the support and skills they receive from Education First Cambodia, will allow these women to excel in Cambodia’s rapidly changing economy and beyond. And Education First Cambodia does all this for less than 2% of what it would cost to support a university student in the United States.
“Educating girls doesn't just transform their life prospects -- it transforms the prospects of their families, communities, and nations as well.”
But with your help Education First Cambodia will soon be doing much more! It will establish a dormitory and leadership center where these talented young women can live, study and bond into a network that will support each other throughout their careers. At the leadership center Education First Cambodia will expand the English, computer training and critical thinking it provides, add classes on current events and life skills, assist the students to find career-building internships, invite speakers who can both educate and inspire, and help the brightest of the students secure scholarships to pursue graduate studies overseas.
"Thanks so much for giving me this opportunity to help such keen students who want to progress despite the barriers they face."
Hindpal, Volunteer Tutor for Women Scholars
Click here to see a 9-minute video that gives an overview of Education First Cambodia's Women Scholars program.
Education First Cambodia also has a Young Scholars Program that supports the education of impoverished primary school children in Phnom Penh. These children are selected from among the poorest families in Phnom Penh, with only those students with the greatest potential for long-term success being selected. Once again, there is an emphasis on selecting girls, who typically do not have the same opportunities for education as boys and for whom there are increased benefits from an education, including reduced child and maternal mortality, lower birth rate, and an enhanced role for women in the community.
Education First Cambodia is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are deductible to the maximum amount allowed by law.
We welcome your support! Help us give new lives to these talented young women and children.