Project profile

Communication for education - Back to School(C4EII)

This C4E programme will be complementary to the Back to School campaign to be managed by UNICEF in partnership with MoEYS, and will work closely with school-level Early Warning System Committees (EWSCs) when feasible to identify the at-risk students, such as those with poor school attendance in their online and distance education during school closure, active involvement in family income generation and early marriage. The focus is on at-risk students, so extra efforts will be made to bring students back to school.

 

The proposed programme will be implemented in the five target provinces (Ratanak Kiri, Mondul Kiri, Kratie, Kampong Chhnang and Koh Kong) and additional 93 schools to be identified in cooperation with MoEYS and UNICEF. The five target provinces were selected based on the fact that CARE’s and SC’s work focuses on the most at-risk and hardest-to-reach population, especially girls, ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups. An additional reason for selection of these provinces is that both agencies have long established programmes in these provinces, including field offices, which make working in these geographical areas more cost-effective. Thanks to this long-term presence, CARE and SC have well-established relationships with POEs, DOEs, SSCs/SMCs, EWSCs, schools, and local communities.

Objective

To ensure that girls and boys, including the most vulnerable, their parents and school communities are ready for a safe return to school.

Key activities

  • The Inception Workshop to introduce the programme to key stakeholders

  • Train POEs, DOEs, and DTMT core trainers to provide training to SSCs/SMCs, EWSCs, CAFs, teachers, and school directors in the use of the communication materials, and support their dissemination plan

  • Train SSCs/SMCs, EWSCs, CAFs, teachers, and school directors in the use of the communication materials, develop dissemination plans and conduct education campaigns and outreach activities

  • Communication campaign delivery and outreach activities, using digital (e.g. Facebook, YouTube), radio broadcasts, and non-digital platforms

  • Monitor changes in the awareness among parents, caregivers, and community members regarding the values of education and the importance of a safe return to school in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Fieldwork, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Communication contribution to the programme governance

  • Review existing IEC materials and also develop new content to fit the purpose of preparing students, especially most at-risk children for going back to school safely amidst COVID-19 pandemic

  • Raising awareness on Prevention of Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Protection (PSHEA/CP) to POEs, DOEs, DTMTs, SSCs/SMCs, EWSCs, CAFs, teachers, school directors, and communities

  • Documentation of best practises and lesson learnt as well as evidence ad learning submitted for publication of case study, report and policy brief to share with MOEYS, UNICEF, relevant stakeholder and other interested and civil society.

Learn more about the successes of this project in phase I on its own interactive website >

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Timeframe

December 2020 - November 2021

 

Location

Ratanak Kiri, Mondul Kiri, Kratie, Kampong Chhnang and Koh Kong provinces.

 

Beneficiaries

3,942 (1,971 women and girls) from POEs, DOEs, DTMTs, SSCs/SMCs, EWSCs, CAFs, teachers and school directors in 1,185 target schools and additional 93 hotspot schools

 

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