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Empowering isolated Cambodian communities through education in English literacy, moral development, environmenal awareness and health.  

Our Story

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Where it all began – Cambodia 1993

In 1993, after decades of horrific civil war and conflict, Cambodians began the enormous task of nation rebuilding.

The most pressing concern then was poverty, lack of opportunities and poor health. Mines had destroyed soil fertility and made cultivation dangerous. More than half of the population was under 15 years old, many unable to attend school. Access to health care, particularly oral hygiene, was woefully inadequate.

Sowing the seeds of hope

In 1994, 7 friends launched CORDE. Utilising training as dental aids through United Nations programs acquired at the refugee camps along the Cambodian- Thai border, they started with building wells and promoting dental health. To address food and nutrition challenges, they also started a small nursery growing fruit trees. As the trees grew, previously dispirited communities saw their sense of hope return.

Education for all

It soon became apparent that to create a long-term sustained impact, they had to work on capacity building and education. Decades of warfare had left increased suspicion, lawlessness and crime. Family solidarity and moral behaviour were weakened. CORDE began to introduce moral concepts into its educational programs, as well as literacy and language training. CORDE trained a pool of tutors to start tutorial classes under houses or trees, wherever space was afforded to them, by oil lamp or battery operated lights. For many children, these classes were the only education they received.

In 2002, CORDE expanded is programs by starting the University for Education and Development (UniED), providing formal educational training to hundreds of young people to help them gain the skills in community building, agriculture, and primary health care.

Reaching the masses

In 2010, CORDE celebrated its 15 year anniversary. CORDE has now provided literacy education to more than 10,000 children and youth, in more than 50 villages across Cambodia. We have 15 CORDE Centres of Learning providing a formal space not only for tutorial classes but also community activities.

Growing together- building lasting partnerships

Critical factors in CORDE’s success have included the organisation’s understanding of the vital role of basic education for poverty reduction and the strength of its grass-roots commitment to expanding access to education. CORDE works closely with local schools and governments, to reduce duplication and deliver services more efficiently.

Its influence is felt all over Cambodia. In the Reangkesay locality, for example, a public school principal requested CORDE to conduct moral classes for the students once a week which soon grew into two days a week. In another locality, a UniED student began a children’s class. Because of his service, leaders requested to start a class and decided to build a grass-roofed school.

CORDE continues to expand through partnerships with other similar educational institutions, and expects to reach all provinces by 2020.

A sustainable model

CORDE’s success springs from its ability to identify and train committed young people serve the needs of their fellow rural community members, rather than migrate to work in cities. By providing a small allowance, young people are able to work in place, assisting family farms and businesses, thereby also strengthening family ties and vitalizing rural communities.




Partnerships

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Our partners in educating Cambodian communities

CORDE collaborates and receives assistance from a network of local and international development agencies including:

While we create our own education material we also source some from our global education network:

How can you help?

There are a number of ways for both organisations and individuals to become partners and collaborators in what CORDE is doing. Contact us and get involved today.




Organization Structure

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How CORDE is governed and structured

CORDE is managed by a board of six directors with Dr Lee Lee Loh Ludher serving as the Chair of the Board and Mr. Hou Sopheap serving as its Executive Director.

CORDE’s head office is in Battambang Town, which is where the administrative teams for ComED and UniED are based. CORDE has 30 full time staff, approximately 20 part time staff and more than 180 volunteers spread across its programs

At the ground level CORDE has established Centers of Learning, which each have a director running CORDE’s education programs with the help of volunteer teachers. In communities where CORDE is running its education programs without a Centre of Learning, the programs and classes are run by volunteers and coordinated by ComED’s administrative team.

CORDE’s University of Education and Development (UniED) is also located at the central office in Battambang town. This allows CORDE volunteers to further their study via scholarship to UniED. UniED also has satellite campuses in CORDE Centres of Learning to provide rural communities with tertiary education.

Legal Status

CORDE has achieved legal status by initially registering itself with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development of Cambodia in 1994 as a local NGO. In 1995 it was the first local NGO to be registered with the Ministry of Health. In the year 2000 CORDE re-registered with the Ministry of Interior under new Cambodian Government legislation.

Meet the faces of CORDE




Know Our Communities

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Understand the communities we work with

A dedicated team member at CORDE, Ing Chanthoeurth says,

“Often in Cambodian communities and villages, young people are fighting with each other, there is violence in the family home and parents do not allow their children to attend school. This is because they are poor and need their children to stay home and work on the farm for them.”

As a result a significant number of Cambodian young people are uneducated and therefore do not have access to good jobs that can support them financially and grow their capacity for the future. There is also extremely poor health and environmental awareness meaning children are malnourished, do not have access to clean drinking water and communities do not dispose of their rubbish in an environmentally safe way.

It is for these reasons that CORDE works hard to establish a ‘go to’ place for children, youth and people in a community to come and learn about good agricultural , environmental and health practices. It is a place for children and youth to develop their literacy capacity and form a set of moral values. CORDE spends time educating the parents and leaders of a community around the importance of sending children to school. CORDE’s programs help bring children up to date in their learning who may have missed some schooling so they can reintegrate into the public education system.

In Cambodia CORDE has found that commitment from the community as a whole is required when providing education. A key challenge that many CORDE community teachers face is students coming inconsistently depending on their mood or whether they are busy helping their parents. Students then feel uncomfortable to come to the class, as they are behind. The students that cannot come regularly think they can no longer attend class, as they feel that the teacher will not accept them. CORDE teachers try to contact these students to encourage them to continuing attending, however embarrassment in falling behind and not being able to understand the lesson win out in some cases.

Now you know more about the communities we work with, help us build the capacity of children, youth and communities of Cambodia and be a part of transforming Cambodia into a creative, productive and confident society.




Meet Our Tutors

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Get to know CORDE’s community tutors

There are more than 186 volunteers tutoring in CORDE’s community education programs across Cambodia. Take the time to see where some of them have come from, what they have studied and what inspires them.

Some of CORDE's dedicated tutors 2010

Some of CORDE's dedicated tutors 2010

CORDE tutor Ouk Leakena

Ouk Leakena

Leakena tutors in Bospo Village, Odambang1 Commune, Sangker District in Battambang Province. Leakena tutors 16 children in CORDE’s English Literacy Program. Leakena is from another village called Kompongpil Village, Wattamim Commune in Battambang Province. Leakena is going on to do further study at CORDE’s University of Education and Development in Battambang town. Leakena is reinvesting her own education back into the local community. Her most valued experience as a CORDE tutor is when she sees her students develop and understand day by day. Besides work Leakena likes to read and listen to songs.

CORDE tutor Sao Sokunthea

Sao Sokunthea

Sokunthea tutors in Sombok ork Village, Kompongpreang Commune, Sangker District in Battambang Province. Sokunthea tutors two classes. On average Sokunthea tutors 21 children in CORDE’s English Literacy Program and 5 students in CORDE’s Junior Youth Empowerment Program every day. Sokunthea is from the village she tutors in and is reinvesting her own education back into her local community. CORDE encourages this sustainable approach to community education. Sokunthea’s most valued experience as a CORDE tutor is when the students can speak, read and listen well. Besides work she loves listening to songs, telling stories and playing games with children.

Chhoum Sinet is a CORDE tutor

Chhoum Sinet

Sineth tutors in Sraskaov Village, Kompongpras Commune, Sangker District, and Battambang City. She tutors 20 children in CORDE’s English Literacy Program. Sineth is from the same village she tutors in and she is reinvesting her own knowledge back into her local community. CORDE encourage this sustainable approach to community education. Sineth has gone on to do further study at CORDE’s University of Education and Development in Battambang city and she was also trained in CORDE’s English Literacy Program before she taught children. Sineth’s most valued experience as a CORDE tutor is when student’s share with each other and help each other. Besides working she likes to sing song, catch up with friend, reading funny story.

Ing Chanserey is a CORDE tutorIng Chanserey

Serey tutors in Kompongpill Village, Wattamim commune, Sangker District, in Battambang Province. He tutors 4 Junior Youths in CORDE’s Walking the Straight path Program. Serey is from Khsachpoy Village, Watkor Commune, Battambang town, Battambang Province. CORDE encourage this sustainable approach to community education. Serey has gone on to do further study at CORDE’s University of Education and Development in Battambang province. He is studying Community Development. Serey’s most valued experience as a CORDE tutor is watching students participate and understand the concepts. They share these concepts with their friends and they are able to teach other children to be moral. Besides his work he loves to catch up with friends.

CORDE tutor Chhouern Chanlee

Choeurn Chanly

Chanly tutors in Kbal thnal Village, Kompong preang Commune, Sangker District in Battambang Province. Chanly tutors 20 children in CORDE’s English Literacy Program. She has completed her Bachelors Degree at CORDE University for Education and Development and is reinvesting her education back into the local community. To ensure sustainability in their programs CORDE encourage their students to share their knowledge with the next generation of learners. Chanly’s most valued experience as a CORDE tutor is when her students enjoy class and develop their thinking. Besides work she runs a business and loves to talk to friends.

CORDE tutor Chhouern Sophal

Choeurn Sophal

Sophal tutors in Slar Kram Village, Wattamim Commune, Sangker District, in Battambang Province. Sophal tutors 25 children in CORDE’s English Literacy Program. He is from the village he tutors in and is reinvesting his own education back into his local community, which is the model that CORDE encourages for sustainable community education. Sophal is studying at CORDE’s University for Education and Development. His most valued experience as a CORDE tutor is when he sees his students enjoying class and going on to more challenging work. Besides work he loves to read and watch television.




About

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CORDE – empowering Cambodian communities through education

Vision

To transform Cambodia into a creative, productive and confident society through individual transformation.

Mission

Promoting the transformation of individuals, institutions and communities in determining their own path of development through the generation, application and dissemination of knowledge based on the principle of nobility of humankind.

Purpose

The Cambodian Organization for Research, Development and Education (CORDE) was initiated in 1994 as a private, non-profit, and non-political voluntary development organization to facilitate the social transformation of communities in Cambodia through education. To improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities, CORDE enhances individual capacities and capabilities by engaging communities in determining their own path of development.

CORDE currently provides education in English literacy and moral development to more than 2500 students in over 186 locations across Cambodia and is continually identifying communities in need to expand its operations. Below is data captured up until the end of 2009.

Graph outlining how many students CORDE is currently educating and how many locations that education is taking place.

This graph illustrates the number of students attending CORDE's community education programs and how many locations our programs have been implemented by the end of 2009.

CORDE also offers its students the opportunity to attend its University of Education and Development who offer degrees in:

Learn more about CORDE’s education programs.

A snap shot of CORDE’s plans for the future 2009-2013

  • To provide a full time formal kindergarten curriculum in all CCL’s by 2013.
  • To equip all CCL’s with computers and Internet access under a project that will be called eRural.
  • To build and resource 3 new CCL’s every year.
  • To develop UniED courses in Primary Health Care and Agribusiness by 2013.
  • To provide UniED’s tertiary courses in all CCL’s, operating as satellite campuses that give Cambodians in the countryside who cannot afford to travel to the cities to further their education the opportunity to access tertiary study.



CORDE Celebrates UniED’s Graduates of 2010

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On the 11 December 2010 at 7.30am proud parents, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends gathered at Sangker Stadium in Battambang Town to honor the graduation of their family members. A total of 32 students graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Community Development.




Reproductive health workshops for CORDE staff and students

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UniED's reproductive health workshop December 2010.

On Thursday 9 December 2010 UniED held a second health workshop for all their female and male students and their family members. The workshops provided an ideal forum for students to ask questions and raise health subjects that they needed more information on.




One way to save our environment

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UniED's reproductive health workshop December 2010.

On Friday 3 December 2010 UniED Professors Mr June, Mr Hea Mao, Mr Samnang and some of their students including Song Reaksa, Wody Basri, Shuk Vanney and Ran Kunthear from UniED held an environmental workshop at Preak Norint Secondary Public School in Ek Phnom District, Battambang. Over 400 students and teachers from the Ek Phnom community attended the workshop, which focused on the effects burning plastics and other wastes has on the environment.