The objective of the program is to ensure that all Cambodian youths know their personal and national identity and the importance of knowledge by striving to develop their capacities, sense of responsibility, good morals, mutual assistance, vocational skills, science competency, information technology competency and positive attitudes, through the provision of good examples at work and in society, by possessing a deep understanding of evolution and social norms and by contributing equally to national development.
Policy1: Ensuring Equitable Access to Education Services Expand services from the youth development program to youths that have lost their educational opportunities. Policy action:
- National policy for Cambodian Youth developed by 2010.
- Cambodian Council for Youth Development organized in 2011.
- Plan to expand youth centers at provincial level developed by 2012.
- Principles on national education equity fund for the poorest youth (nutrition program and dormitories) developed by 2013.
Policy 2: Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Education Services
- Increase the quality and efficiency of the youth development program in support of social and economic development.
- Support a document on youth council implementation prepared by 2011.
- Develop standards for skill training in youth centers by 2012.
Policy 3: Institutional and Capacity Development for Educational Staff for Decentralization
- Strengthen the management capacity of the youth development program to address youth demands in the region.
- Develop a regulation to create a youth and child journal prepared by 2011.
3. Indicators and targets
- Number of Youth Councils increased from 92% at secondary school in SY 2009-2010 to 100% in SY 2013-2014.
- Number of Children Councils increased from 78% at primary school in SY 2009-2010 to 100% in SY 2013-2014.
- The number of youths who are aware of HIV/AIDS increased from 5800 in SY 2009-2010 to 9000 in SY 2013-2014.
- The number of trainees in vocational skill training will increase from 850 to 3950 in SY 2013-2014.
- The number of volunteers will reach 4,800 in SY 2013-2014.
4. Main Programs and Activities
4.1) Recurrent programs (Program based budgeting and others budgeting) Budget for youth development program
- Awareness workshop on HIV/AIDS.
- Strengthening youth and child councils.
- Youth and child education through the media.
- Experience sharing through study visits, camping and other meetings.
- Training in volunteer work and short training in vocational skills for youths.
- Organization support and youth centre development.
- Dissemination workshops.
- Supporting processes. Capacity strengthening
- Capacity training in management and leadership to youth management staff. Monitoring and evaluation
- Monitoring and evaluation of youth development program.
4.2) Capital programs Investment
- Build and supply equipment to 9 youth centres.
- Renovate and supply equipment to 4 youth centres. Technical Cooperation
- Develop policy on Cambodian youth.
- Organize capacity development for vocational training for youth management officials.
5. Program Management and Monitoring
The youth program will be managed and monitored by the Directorate General of Youth through the Department of Youth and the Department of Youth Centre Management.
There will be close coordination between the two departments and other departments to ensure the effective integration of strategies and programs within the overall mandate of the Ministry. Program monitoring will include cooperation with youth institutions and relevant institutions, and will use parental, youth and community group surveys and follow up analysis on the social development impact on young people.
A key priority will be to develop a monitoring framework including targets, systems and responsibilities.