BEST

Puthi Komar Organizationbelieves in cooperation and partnership to raise the quality of education. There are about 40 NGOs working on education in the province of Battambang but they work individually without having to meet for the sake of knowing each other or for some discussion to share each others approaches and strategies in achieving their goals and objectives or even to share with each other successes and failures in their organization. Besides, the Department of Education does not have the authority to call NGOs to meet neither they can order them, the NGOs, to provide department with reports of their activities. It is difficult for the department to have the names of the NGOs working in Battambang because some of them don’t even dare to visit the education office even for just as a courtesy call.

PKO Cambodia helps children who have problem in their living condition to have access to education.

The meeting between BEST members

There is a lack of collaboration between the many NGOs and some of the organization don’t have proper communication with the Department of education, something which is not supposed to be neglected as the lines of their actions are all related to the service the education office is mandated with, or that they are like minded in their nature of services.

Many NGOs are not really aware of the policies the Ministry of Education and sports has established. NGOs try to do activities according to their capacity and availability of funds.

There is no mechanism or system to promote the culture of coordination between these agencies yet . Thus, PKO provides the technical and financial support to the department of education to establish the coalition that supports the Education in Battambang. After several meetings/ consultation with NGOs working in Battambang which was organized by the Department of Education and PKO, we were able to reach about 30 NGOs which are willing and have been involved in this coalition and we decided to name this coalition as BEST “Battambang Education Support Team”.

PKO Cambodia helps children who have problem in their living condition to have access to education.

Members take turn sharing experiences.

We will not register it as the new NGO. It will continue as a coalition of the education related organizations which operates with the chairmanship of the department of education, which in turn is responsible for the continuity and sustainability of such coalition

BEST is committed to four objectives as follows:

  • To build capacities of the education related NGOs at sub-national level so that they can actively monitor and give feedbacks on policy implementation at the grassroots level.
  • To raise stronger voice of the education related NGOs at grassroots /sub-national level.
  • To establish mechanism to collect factual information from grassroots level for future policy reform.
  • To build and strengthen relationships/cooperation with DoE, PoE, and MoEYS.

The following are names of NGOs which are members of The Battambang Education Support Team-BEST:

SKO, GPC, KT, WV, PPS, MJP, PKO, MPK, YNK, KNK, GPC, LWF, OEC, BFD, AFS, Donbosco, CORDE, JS, VSO, LOHI, VFI, CHO, CWF, YFP, VVOB, YEP, HFCC, AKAS, VTH, PTD