A 425-kilometer bike ride is being organized by Aide et Action (AEA) and a few of its partners. The ride will take place in Cambodia from November 13-20. The goal of the ride is to raise awareness of the importance of education and to encourage children who are not in school to go back to school.
The ride will begin at The “Rabbit School” at Tuol Kork primary school in Phnom Penh. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has granted AEA permission to open classrooms for children with learning impairments at the school.
The cyclists will then travel to Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, and Siem Reap provinces before arriving in Banteay Meanchey province. Participants in the 425-kilometer ride include cyclists from partner organizations, the private sector, and volunteers.
Vorn Samphas, AEA’s country director, stated that the event’s goal is to raise awareness of the value of education among parents, teachers, regional authorities, and members of government institutions at the sub-national and national levels. He said, “We would like the new government to increase spending in the sector and encourage teachers to raise the standard of educational services they provide to kids.”
According to Sour Malay, the executive director of the Khmer Youth Technical Development Association, the event demonstrates the participants’ dedication to ensuring that all children receive an education, particularly those with learning impairments or special educational requirements. “We want to demonstrate that education is for everyone and that no child will be left behind through our efforts,” he continued.
The campaign is being supported financially by Education In Action Cambodia (EAC) of the Education Above All Foundation of Qatar and the EU. Aide et Action has put the “Partners unite to provide educational opportunities through the Cambodia Consortium of Out-of-School Children (CCOSC)” project into action in the capital and all 24 provinces of the Kingdom.