The sobering reality of Cambodia’s free education drive

Cambodia has long promised to provide free primary and secondary education to every child within its borders. But with a quarter of a million kids still out of school, how can the Kingdom keep its most vulnerable from slipping through the cracks?

Three years ago, countless children around the globe woke up to a broken promise. Fifteen years before, as the new millennium dawned, the world came together to pledge that by 2015, every boy and girl would receive a free education to make the difference between a life of poverty or one of plenty.

But an analysis of out-of-school children across Southeast Asia released last year by Unesco was unflinching in its assessment of the global progress towards the much-proclaimed ideal of its Education for All 2000–2015 initiative (EFA for short).

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