There are three branches of Education in Cambodia: • Public (Government) Schools • Private Schools • Community (Non-Formal) Schools. For the most part, all three types of schools are in existence to make money. Students must pay a daily fee to attend public school and must pay an annual fee (tuition) to attend a private school. Many community schools also charge a daily fee or require non-indigenous religious commitments. Many poor and impoverished families can not afford to send their children to public school. It is estimated over 80% of Cambodians can not afford to send their children to school.
Without an education, these kids basically never have a chance at a better life. They end up on the streets begging, prostituting themselves or in the garbage dumps working to provide for their families.
Aogaah Foundation's Village 15 and 16 School is in an impoverished "squatter" area of the Toul Kork District of Phnom Penh and offers an alternative to public school. This alternative is certified by the Cambodian government and is referred to as Non-Formal Education. In Cambodia, many alternatives to public schooling are money making institutions. But Aogaah Foundation school is completely FREE to the families. Books, pencils, notebooks and all learning materials are provided. Children stream in by the dozens, eager to learn and improve their quality of life. Community elders encourage families to send their children.
The entire school’s annual budget, for all students, comes to less than what most states in America spend to educate just one student for a year. Aogaah Village 15 and 16 School educates over 140 students for this same amount.
All funding for Aogaah Foundation is from individual donations. Donations from people like you. 100% of all donations go to the operation of the schools. The only paid salaries are to the Khmer (Cambodian) teaching staff. All Aogaah Foundation administration, fund raising, marketing and building maintenance is done by volunteers.
The mission of Aogaah is to prepare students for meaningful employment by teaching them to read, write and perform simple mathematical calculations.
Instead of giving people fish for today, we teach them to fish for their lifetime.
- All school is free to students and their families
- We do not teach religion
- We provide equal opportunity for girls and boys
Who's Who in Aogaah Foundation, Inc. (.pdf)
Who's Who at the Village 15 and 15 School (.pdf)