At a floating village in Cambodia, children drift away from schooling

In Kbal Taol, a floating village in Battambang province’s Koh Chivaing commune, most families depend on fishing for their livelihood.

Children, some from a young age, are enlisted to help their families catch fish and many drop out of school to contribute to the family trade.

Kheng Tikhea said he wanted to pursue higher education but had dropped out of school four years ago at grade 7 to fish. Tikhea, now 18-years-old, said his classes had been somewhat haphazard, with students missing school for months at a time depending on the season.

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