The Royal Government of Cambodia & UNESCO initiated the Basic Education Equivalency Program (BEEP) to tackle the issue of high dropout rates in education by providing a flexible and alternative learning opportunity to out-of-school youth in Cambodia. While 4.6% of students dropped out of school at primary level in 2015-16, nearly 17% of students dropped out of lower secondary school, resulting in lower than 40% of completion rate at Grade 9.
BEEP aims to tackle this challenge by providing flexible alternative education to out-of-school youth to complete lower secondary/ basic education, equivalent to grade 9. The mobile learning initiative enables Cambodian youth to pursue their educational interest while continuing professional activities. The 11 e-learning courses developed by the Institute of Technology of Cambodia and available online through Moodle, will be piloted in 10 centers across Cambodia.
The EdTech Center is providing technical assistance on the Moodle LMS development and mobile learning design, as well as technical training to UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and to the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. Additionally, the EdTech Center is providing technical support for various partners including UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on the Moodle LMS development, including advising on course development and LMS administration, and using the Moodle Mobile app and expanding access by translating the app into Khmer.