International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Education and Gender in Contemporary Cambodia
Mary N. Booth

Cambodia is in the process of rebuilding its education system, effectively shattered since the Khmer Rouge regime. Progress has been made over the last decade with the assistance of international agencies, but there is still considerable improvement needed, particularly in the areas of quality of education and gender equality. This paper will examine the current state of education in Cambodia, with a focus on girls' education. Barriers that affect attainability and quality of education for girls, including constraints on education and later career attainment are explored. Actors who have the greatest influence on girls attaining education are considered. This paper provides an argument for a different, cooperative approach between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and external actors to advance educational quality and opportunities for women in Cambodia.

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