Cambodian youth (those aged 15 to 30) make up about 30% of the country’s population. Most of this group end up working in jobs that are dangerous, exploitative, or simply not aligned with their skills. With little to no access to information about the job market or appropriate career guidance counselling, they usually make wrong decisions and end up as an obsolete resource in the labour market. Based in Siem Reap, the Better Futures Programme supports Cambodian youth who are in a transitional period between basic and further or higher education. JWOC’s theory of change is that providing education at critical points of transition allows youth to acquire the means and foster the motivation for both personal and community development.
The Ministry of Education and Migrant Working Group estimates that of the 350,000 migrant children currently living in Thailand, over 200,000 are out of school. Over the past two years, the Out of School Children (OOSC) Enrollment Taskforce team has worked to keep at-risk children in school and help enroll out-of-school children into a school that meet their needs. The team has successfully enrolled and retained 170 out-of-school children in 2020 and 2021. For the 2022-2023 academic year, with the support of Child’s Dream Foundation and other donors, the OOSC Taskforce team plans to enroll another 130 out-of-school children into 12 Thai Royal Government schools.
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As one of Child’s Dream’s higher education partners, Village Focus International (VFI) has been empowering vulnerable girls, young women and communities in Lao PDR since 2000. Their strong determination and focus has led to the success of their programmes and their recognition as the leader in Lao PDR in the fight against human trafficking. In 2008, VFI established the Home of Dreams, a residential vocational training and education centre aiming to improve the quality of life of human trafficking victims in southern Lao PDR. The shelter offers a safe, healing environment with quality health services, vocational training, education and societal reintegration assistance. To date, VFI operates two out the only three trafficking shelters in Lao PDR.
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In the border-town of Mae Sot, Thailand, local youth have the possibility to gain professional hands-on experience in innovative ways. What started as a youth employment research project in 2007 turned into the Youth Connect Foundation (YCF): a non-profit aimed at providing Thai and Myanmar youth in Mae Sot with vocational training.
The research project results were multi-layered: Businesses in Mae Sot voiced a need for more reliable and trained employees, while youth entering the job market needed more opportunities for quality employment, but lacked the skills or qualifications for such positions. The gap between youth and employers was identified and a bridge began to take shape in the form of the YCF.
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The 80% of Laotians live by slash-and-burn farming–a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. Slash-and-burn also causes long-term deforestation, which threatens local biodiversity. In mid-2020, Child’s Dream began supporting Pha Tad Ke (PTK) Vocational Centre in Luang Prabang Province, northern Laos. PTK creates training materials, conducts training, holds open house events, and develops research projects around the themes of biodiversity conservation, ecologically-based agriculture, responsible social leadership, and cultural awareness. PTK runs workshops for farmers on upland farming, permaculture techniques, and biodiversity conservation. PTK also runs workshops for primary school teachers about how to set up community gardens and provide seed boxes to get them started. PTK believes that Laotians must be aware of biodiversity conservation and ecologically-based agriculture in order to make positive changes in their community.
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Just before the COVID-19 pandemic took control of the world, Child’s Dream approved a new school health partnership in Myanmar with Community Partners International (CPI). CPI have trained five community-based organisations on their school health curriculum via Zoom. As soon as the schools are allowed to reopen, these five local partners will provide essential health services, including deworming, nutrition and oral health, to roughly 6,000 students. They will also train the teachers on first aid and provide water sanitation such as clean water, drainage, latrines and materials for personal hygiene
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