Sovann Phoum Organization is working for the poor children and their family
Non-formal Education Program
Posted Date : 06-01-2016 [21]
Our Philosophy and Practices
Sovann Phoum strongly believes that knowledge is a bridge to human happiness. It is best attained through education, in the form of either formal or non-formal activities. Younger and older people should have equal opportunity to learning. Sovann Phoum has provided under-privileged adults and children in disadvantaged areas with access to education directly in community-based classes for years. 
Our Experiences in Non-formal Education
Sovann Phoum has implemented non-formal education program since it was one of the programs of an international NGO, Enfants & Développement (E&D), which implemented an integrated program in Phnom Penh sub-urban areas since 1993. It has gained long experience in non-formal education with both children and adults in communities, both rural and sub-urban areas. 
Our Beneficiaries
All of our beneficiaries are vulnerable and under-privileged citizens in rural and sub-urban areas. Specifically, we have two different types of beneficiaries of non-formal education program:
- aged 5-8 years;
- females (50%) and males (50%) 
- 70 % aged in pre-school level;
- 30 % aged in primary school level;
- 80 % from extremely and very poor families;
- 100% are living (at least 3kms) away from public schools;
- These children do not have access to public schools.
- aged 18 – 65 years
- females (98%) and males (2%) 
- 60 % had never received education;
- 40% did not complete primary education
- from poor and very poor families
Our Strategies and Main Activities
A. Peer Education
Sovann Phoum had recruited 222 peers, aged from 10 to 18 years, in 111 villages of Kong Pisey and Baseth districts of Kampong Speu. These peers were direct beneficiaries of the project. They––on the one hand––received support from the project for their studies in public schools and––on the other hand––received additional training in topics related to health and social issues and to message dissemination methodologies from the project. 
Two peers were recruited in a village, who had a role in disseminating messages on health and social issues to their target groups (children the majority) in their own village. 
From January 2008, Sovann Phoum changed its methodology of health education from peer activities to child-to-child activities which are producing greater impacts on direct and indirect beneficiaries.