Bilingual learning approach sees massive success in Cambodia


In 2002, CARE began working to expand educational access, quality, and relevance to ethnic minority students in Cambodia through the introduction of bilingual approaches. At the time, many ethnic minority students had limited — if any — access to education since they did not speak the same language as their teachers and vice versa. A new journal article published by researchers at Columbia University tracks the massive success of CARE’s efforts to bring multilingual education to Cambodia.

The article highlights CARE’s partnerships with local organizations and UNICEF to develop learning materials in local languages and training programs on bilingual teaching. CARE also worked with the local government to formalize schools and teachers’s abilities to teach in a bilingual format. CARE’s approach has since been formalized by the government, scaled to other geographic areas, and is reaching thousands of ethnic minority students. Not only are more students in school, but they’re learning at the same level or higher than students in mainstream schools that don't have to learn a new language on top of the regular ciriculuum.