Professors Wright, Boun & Chan | How Multilingual Education Helped Cambodia Boost Indigenous Student Enrolment

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Cambodia has had a tragic past, including a genocide and over a decade of civil war. However, since the mid-1990s, there has been relative peace, stability, and rapid development. Cambodia has made impressive progress rebuilding its education system and committing to universal educational access. By 2008, enrolment rates across Cambodia had risen to 92%. However, indigenous ethnic minority children in the remote villages of the northeastern provinces proved hardest to reach, in large part due to language barriers. Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the article ‘Implementation of multilingual mother tongue education in Cambodian public schools for indigenous ethnic minority students’ in Educational Linguistics,

The authors received the 2023 James E. Alatis Prize for Research in Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) for this work:


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