It is not often that international development projects can truly stand the test of time and live on beyond the implementing NGO.
ICT-related projects are especially notorious for being unsustainable, with ICT labs inevitably turning into graveyards full of malfunctioned computers collecting dust. This was precisely the state we found Monivong Highschool’s computer lab when we received our first $50,000 grant from The Atlassian Foundation in late 2015.
Over the following 2.5 years, the $550,000 we received from the Atlassian Foundation enabled us to establish ICT Education in all public high schools and teacher training college in Battambang City, Cambodia. The ICT curriculum, delivered in the Khmer language on Grok Learning’s cloud-based platform, has given over 18,000 students the opportunity to learn essential computer literacy skills.
In mid-2017, when our partnership with the Atlassian Foundation came to an end, all funding to the public schools and teacher training college ceased. We anticipated this would result in the project closing and our ICT labs beginning their decline into computer graveyards. To our surprise, this is not what happened.
We are very proud to share the remarkable news that 2.5 years later, ICT Education is still fully operational in all five public high schools and teacher training college in Battambang city! Our ICT curriculum has been fully incorporated into the public curriculum. It is run entirely by the school’s administration and wholly funded by the Cambodian Ministry of Education.
It has achieved true sustainability.
In recent years, students have competed at national and international STEM competitions with many wins! Graduating students have gone on to pursue tertiary education in STEM-related fields.
This report is a collection of stories, case studies and statistics that indicate the impact the program has had to date and will continue to have into the future.