While working with Aranhraingsey primary and secondary schools in Siem Reap, we discovered that the drop-out and repeat rates were alarmingly high. In 2018, 16% of Grade 7 student dropped out of school while 24% had to repeat the same grade in 2019.
After months of investigation, we discovered that one of the root causes was that many of these students struggled to read and write. They did not have access to sufficient early childhood learning and their illiteracy simply worsened with age.
This inevitably affected not only their performance in school, but also their morale. They started to believe that education was wasted on them and their time would be better spent in the farms or working odd jobs to earn a little income for their families.
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Literacy skills, being able to read and write, is a tool used when children receive and interpret information. It opens the doors to more educational and employment opportunities so that people are able to uplift themselves from poverty.