"Youth and ASEAN Integration" forum which was organized in Phnom Penh on Sunday 16th November 2014. (Photo by Say Mony).
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron told VOA Khmer that while Cambodia has made some progress, many children still drop out of school in order to seek work.
The dropout rates remain high: just 20 out of 100 students registered in Cambodian primary schools are able to finish 9th grade.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday criticized the visit of First Lady Michelle Obama, saying her 'Let Girls Learn' initiative is not funding the education of Cambodian girls.
Girls in Siem Reap province say they are aware of the importance of education, especially higher education, to escape poverty.
Many residents in Siem Reap say they were not aware of the first lady’s visit, and some said even though they were, they aren’t sure what will happen next or how it will help.
Cambodian officials said over the weekend they hope her visit will also shine a positive light on the country and encourage more visitors to come.
Cambodians say they are hopeful the visit of US First Lady Michelle Obama will make a positive difference in the educational future of their girls.
Around the world, 62 million girls are not in school. School dropout rates among female students in developing countries like Cambodia also remain a concern.
Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s three-day visit to Cambodia to promote her “Let Girl Learn” initiative, Cambodian officials say they hope for positive changes in girls’ education.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said her visit gave strong encouragement for girls’ education in Cambodia.
First Lady Michelle Obama is on her three-day visit in Cambodia to promote girls’ education.
Schoolgirls at Hun Sen's Bokorng High School where U.S First Lady Michelle Obama visited on Saturday March 21 2015 and Angkor High School in Siem Reap say they recognize the value of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative—and many are ready to participate.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia's famed Ankor Wat temple where she spoke Saturday at a Peace Corps training event and also met with a group of girls at a school on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The visit is part of a two-nation trip meant to highlight a new global women's education initiative.
Accompanied by PM Hun Sen's wife, US first lady told schoolgirls to stay in school and take advantage of their education to demand greater freedoms in their country.
Schoolgirls at Angkor High School in Siem Reap say they recognize the value of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative—and many are ready to participate.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia this weekend to launch "Let Girls Learn," an initiative to help keep 62 million girls worldwide in schools. However, there’s not a sign in Siem Reap, not even an American flag to show that she is visiting. VOA Khmer’s Reasey Poch reports.
Cambodia's first lady Bun Rany Hun Sen greeted US first lady at airport; trip aimed at promoting education for girls.
First Lady Michelle Obama arrived Friday in Cambodia for a three-day visit to promote girls’ education.