The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Open Institute jointly implement the Open Schools program with a belief that effective use of ICT can improve the quality of education. The program is committed to ensure the development of all the necessary tools required to improve the quality of education through the use of ICT, including the necessary plans, computer programs in Khmer language, curricula, distance learning methodology, training materials, and technology for sustainability. The Program will also ensure that teachers receive the necessary training and support. A Master Plan and Action Plan of ICT in Education will be one of the key important results of the program.
This joint program between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Open Institute aims at building e-learning know-how for staff of higher educational institutions and adult education training centers. We develop a complete resources for e-learning that include high quality e-learning development and management content, reusable technology for e-learning, e-learning training and research on e-learning development progress.
The low qualifications of teachers is one of the strongest barriers to the development of education in Cambodia. The Cambodian Education system was restarted from zero in 1980, after the end of the Khmer Rouge genocide (in which 80% of the teachers were killed), and lived in war until 1993. After the system was restarted, those who knew how to write became teachers. New teachers come out of teacher training centers every year, but their background preparation is low, and they are not able to turn the theoretical classes that they received into practice that their students can profit from. This project uses video, a technology that can be used all over the country, to show teachers how other teachers around the country teach correctly, as examples that they can follow and copy, seeing the practice by themselves, instead of having to image what it should be like, and learning how education can be used to give the students critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help them face life.