In late May, school teachers in Battambang’s Samlout district realized students were struggling to cope with studying at home – either via videos posted on social media or the daily telecasts on state broadcaster TVK.
The Cambodian government had shut down all schools and educational institutions in March, on account of the increasing number of novel coronavirus cases. The government, which has struggled to provide quality public education, immediately transitioned to an at-home, online pedagogy.
But Samlout teachers noticed that students were unable to keep up with these educational videos or lacked access to smartphones and devices needed to access the content.
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