Using Local Contexts for Learning: The Caring for Cambodia Approach

  • Whitney Szmodis
  • Michael Russell
  • Alec M. Bodzin
Part of the ASTE Series in Science Education book series (ASTE)


The incorporation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) remains a challenge in many nations with developing economies. Curriculum support is often lacking and appropriate funding for teacher training is not available. This is especially true in Cambodia, where high levels of poverty and the legacies of genocide make even providing a basic education difficult. However, the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport has committed to incorporating ESD into the K-12 curriculum. This chapter presents some of the difficulties faced by the Cambodian government and provides an example of Caring for Cambodia (CFC), an NGO that is working to improve education in Siem Reap, Cambodia. CFC uses the child friendly schools model propagated by UNICEF at the schools they support. The use of the child friendly school model to promote ESD is described and explained and presented as a model for promoting ESD at the local community level.


NGO UNICEF Cambodia Social Capital Agroecology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Whitney Szmodis
    • 1
  • Michael Russell
    • 2
  • Alec M. Bodzin
    • 3
  1. 1.Lehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA
  2. 2.Centenary CollegeHackettstownUSA
  3. 3.Teaching, Learning, and Technology ProgramLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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