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Real change requires pathways out of poverty

Student teacher in Cambodia While the majority of Cambodian children attend primary school at some point, only a third receive any high school education. Limited education and few employment opportunities condemns them to a life of poverty.

Step2Foundation provides learning pathways and teacher mentoring to strengthen the school community. As a result, students have sustainable futures and career options.

Since 2012 we’ve been working to provide quality primary education to disadvantaged children in Cambodia. That’s not possible without teachers to nurture the students.

There are seven students currently studying at the Australian Centre for Education (ACE) with sponsorship from Step2Foundation. One of them is the school’s head teacher. Higher education and English qualifications enables these young people to return to their community as teachers.


“I am the youngest sister and my parents are farmers. Before Step2Foundation it was hard for them to let me go to school. Now I am a teacher. I can help other children to get knowledge and a good job in their future”.
Vansi, a student from Svaychey village now studying at ACE.


Step2Foundation maintains that all volunteer teachers must hold qualifications in education. Visiting teachers from Australia support Cambodian teachers and share their knowledge. Coupled with mentoring from local educational organisations, local teachers can develop a strong educational network.

Access to quality education changes the future for whole communities. Every child has the right to live and learn – we are making that a reality.


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