RCE Greater Phnom Penh-2013

1. Project Title: 
Promoting ESD through Food, Agriculture and Environment Education in Elementary Schools and Rural Communities in Cambodia
3. Project partner contact information : 
Royal University of Agriculture (RUA)
Coordinators and Secretariat Committee
Main Contact: 
Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Email: bunthan_rua@camnet.com.kh
5. Project description
Provide a short description of the project including strategies, regional challenges, aims and specific project activities.: 

Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is the center of economic, industrial, commercial, cultural, tourist and historical aspects. Number of people living in Phnom Penh is rising every year. Recently, rapid increase in population causes many problems in environment, life quality, education and health, etc. As education is the key for developing the human resources and skills, Cambodian government and many international and local non-governmental organizations try to provide better education. However, it still needs more time and supports to achieve certain level of education comparing to other Asian countries. Schools in remote areas are lacking buildings, desks, chairs, books and materials for learning. Many families in rural areas are still poor and their children are spending less time in the classroom as they have to work in the fields or seek additional jobs elsewhere. Also, in some schools, the teachers, underpaid grossly, have to charge their students unofficial fees. So, the development of human resources through education is necessary to increase the quality of life for people in Cambodia.

Now a day in Cambodia, the traditional agricultural system has been changed to mono-culture depending on agricultural chemicals. Recently, RCE Greater Phnom Penh has been paid attention to the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in agricultural sector to make harmony between the farming practices and the natural environment. It is necessary to promote and enhance the understanding of sustainable development in agriculture among local people including farmers. RCE GPP has been focusing on local farmers as well as students in the elementary schools, as the students are the successors of local farmers. The collaborative project entitled “Promoting ESD through the Food, Agriculture and Environment Education for Elementary Schools and Rural Communities in Cambodia” is conducted to local farmers and elementary school students in Samroung commune in Phrey Chhor district, Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. This commune is located at 83 kilometers far from Phnom Penh. The commune is consisted of 11 villages with 8,447 people in 1,792 households. Main production is rice for both sales and self-consumption. Farmers producing vegetables for sales are much less than that of rice. The project activities in RCE Greater Phnom Penh, such as promoting sustainable farming practices through demonstrating how to make compost, pellet compost, liquid fertilizer and bio-pesticide, as well as leader training and workshops for their deeper perception on sustainable development in agriculture are implemented for capacity building to elementary school students and local farmers. The activities were focused on “Forming farmers’ groups and promoting organic farming based on natural resource circulation”, and “Promoting the Food, Agriculture and Environment Education for agricultural successors” under the collaboration of government, university, local NGO and local communities.

6. Project status
On Going
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