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Garment factories

Improving worker well-being

CARE has been working in the garment industry in Cambodia since 1998 and has conducted activities in 48 factories to date. Our staff are familiar with the needs of garment workers, particularly young female migrants, and how these can impact their work. CARE has well-established relationships with key groups within the sector and has built networks of peer educators within factories who are conducting skills training with their co-workers.


Factory managers who have engaged with CARE have reported improved attendance and increased productivity among project participants, as well as much better communication and teamwork. Workers have also had improved access to health and hygiene information through life skills training. CARE’s success in other business sectors, such as the beer promotion industry, has included reducing harassment, improving worker confidence in their abilities and improved occupational health and safety by supporting the creation of industry standards.




March 2012 – February 2015



Kampong Cham & Prey Veng provinces



Community members in two provinces – young women and girls, young men, and parents

There are 24 language groups in Cambodia.
64 per cent of the population in the north-eastern province of Ratanak Kiri are from ethnic minorities.
176 community teachers from 14 schools have been fully trained in multilingual education by CARE.
Multilingual education has led to higher literacy rates for ethnic minority communities.
Enrolments in multilingual education schools doubled between 2009 & 2015.

Multilingual education

For over a decade, CARE has been a leading organisation in the development of multilingual education in Cambodia.


In the north-east of Cambodia, children from ethnic minorities faced many challenges in accessing education. Where they did attend school, they were often in classes where they did not understand the teacher or were ignored.


Multilingual education provides opportunities for children to start their education in their home language, which then acts as a bridge to learning the national language and continuing their studies so they have the same opportunities as other children in Cambodia.


CARE’s efforts in collaboration with key partners such as UNICEF, have led to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport taking ownership of multilingual education in Cambodia. This culminated in the approval of a Multilingual Education National Action Plan which details how the government will roll this out across the country.
















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Now, more ethnic minority children are attending school every year and are able to perform as equals alongside their Khmer peers.


Learn more about CARE's work to improve educational opportunities for children in from ethnic minorities in Cambodia  >


Learn more about all of CARE's work to empower women and girls from ethnic minority communities >


Read the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports National Action Plan on Multilingual Education in Khmer and in English.

Funding partners
Educate a Child
Educate a Child

Part of the Cambodian Consortium for Out of School Children

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Cambodian Consortium for Out of School Children

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The Australian Government
The Australian Government

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Educate a Child
Educate a Child

Part of the Cambodian Consortium for Out of School Children

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View a more detailed timeline of how multilingual education has progressed 
Learn more 

View a summary of how multilingual education works 

Read research evaluating the state of multilingual education in Cambodia

Learn how CARE is ensuring girls from ethnic minorities have equal access to education 

CARE Cambodia makes key pieces of research publicly available for the benefit of partners and other organisations working in similar fields. All content contained on these pages should be considered the property of CARE unless otherwise stated and should not be reproduced without prior consent. Where specific information detailed in any of CARE Cambodia's research or publications is referred to in other work, CARE Cambodia should be referenced as the original source. 


Photo credits: Erika Pineros

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