Child Rights Foundation (CRF) is a child-focused, not-for-profit, non-political and non-religious Cambodian NGO. It works for full implementation of the UNCRC and other instruments related to children’s issues. It was registered with Government on March 6, 2001. CRF was established by four Cambodian nationals who have extensive experience in child rights and children and youth empowerment work. They all worked for years for NGOs working with and for children such as Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway), Enfant du Cambodge and Children’s committee, before setting up this local NGO. Although Cambodia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, Cambodian children are still facing violence against them in their daily lives. CRF strongly commits to establishing permanent changes in the way that children are viewed, treated and cared for in all parts of Cambodia. CRF provides child rights education; assists Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) in implementing child friendly school policy; empowers children and youth; strengthens child rights governance within local authorities; improves access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene; and provides child protection leadership and support for schools and communities across the key areas of corporal punishment, child labour, safe schools and migration and trafficking. Here are CRF’s main achievements since its creation: - Successful integration of 5 child rights related topics: Child Rights (CR), Child Participation (CP), Inclusive Education (IE), Positive Disciplines in Schools (PDS) and Prevention of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (TSEC) into the training curriculum of Teacher Training Centers (TTC) being taught nationwide as per curricular, - Successful integration of CR lessons into Social Study Subject of Student’s textbook and teacher’s guidebook for primary school - grade 4, 5 and 6 and being used at public schools, - Safe School Guidelines officially adopted and launched by MoEYS, - Around 2,700 in-service teachers and 950 TTC lecturers able to transfer their gained knowledge and skills to pre-service teachers and students, - Knowledge Attitude and Practice of teachers toward children improved, leading to promote child friendly learning environment contributing to enhance student learning achievement, - Over 500 vulnerable students supported with necessary means yearly to help maintaining their study, - Thousands of teachers and students acquired knowledge on hygiene and sanitation and other primary health care, - In 2010, a children’s report called ”My Life..., My Suggestions...” was produced and presented to the UN committee on CRC, and a child-friendly version on the concluding observation developed and shared to children and relevant stakeholders, - Target schools equipped with hygiene and sanitation facilities (water storages, well/pump, latrines and hand-washing basins, garbage bins, water filters, first aid kits, sanitary stuff, etc.) CRF is currently implementing 7 projects as follows: 1. Mainstreaming Child Rights in Schools: with financial support from Plan International Cambodia and close cooperation with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, this project is implemented in 124 schools. The project has empowered educational officials (from national and provincial levels), those who are part of the project steering committee, core trainers, and key teachers who conduct echo trainings to members of the school children's council and to all students. CRF capacity building strategies consist of national consultation for training, monitoring and empowerment at the school level, with both teachers and students. Mainstreaming child rights in schools helps to ensure student’s voices are heard. 2. Strengthening Children’s Voices by Promoting Safe Schools: this project has been implemented for 3 years with the support of Plan International Cambodia, in 4 provinces. Accomplishments at the school level include successful capacity building of school directors, in-service teachers, children’s council’s executive committee, School Support Committee and the Commune Committee for Disaster Management on things such as Disaster Risk Reduction, Hazard Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment and development of a disaster risk reduction plan and School Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan. The project has directly influenced 12 school directors, more than 100 teachers and more than 4500 students, resulted in significant changes in knowledge, attitude and practices toward promoting school safety and disaster risk management in their respective schools and communities. 3. Empowering Child & Youth-led Groups for meaningful Child Participation in Child Rights promotion and monitoring: with financial support from Save the Children, this project aims at enabling a child and youth network to play a role in promoting awareness on the UNCRC to communities and authorities and promoting the participation of the children themselves in local decision making. To achieve these aims, CRF has conducted simultaneous empowering, capacity building, coordinating and monitoring activities with and through the children and youth network (Cambodia Children and Young People Movement for Child Rights-CCYMCR), - CRF strategic counterpart. To date, a total of 855 children and youths are known to have played an active role in monitoring and advocating for the implementation of children’s rights and expressing ideas on decisions affecting their lives at home and in the community across 16 target provinces. 4. Promoting Child Friendly Learning Environments for a Quality Education : this project was initiated with funding support from Intervita, Italy to enable the target groups to address the widespread problems of child rights in schools. It is a 3-year project and is being implemented in Siem Reap Province’s 2 remote districts, Varin (22 schools) and Puork (2 schools). With full cooperation from the provincial education department and relevant stakeholders such as Provincial Teacher Training Center, school directors, assigned teachers and students, the project has witnessed a significant reduction in the practice of corporal punishment by teachers while a better learning environment has been demonstrated in all targeted schools. 5. Promoting Child Friendly and Healthy Learning Environments: this project forms a part of the CRF new Hygiene and Sanitation Program which started in August, 2013. The objective of the project is to promote friendly, healthy and safe learning environments for boys and girls in the target schools contributing to their accomplishment of basic education as stipulated in Child Friendly School Policy of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport. In 2014, the project has chosen a primary school in Prek Rokar commune, Kandal Steung District, Kandal Province. 6. Improving Hygiene and Sanitation of Cambodia Rural Schools and Communities: with financial support from Anesvad, Spain the project is being implemented in 50 villages of 3 communes of Angsnoul district, Kandal province and benefits 16,950 people (8,581 female) from 3,605 families of 3,175 households. The project aims to reduce water and sanitation diseases and girls school dropout. It is promoting sustainable practices of consistent use of latrines, hand-washing with soap, and drinking only safe water in rural communities; and developing and strengthening capacity in government, local authorities in promoting improved sanitation and hygiene. 7. Child Sponsorship Program: this project has been implemented in partnership with Khmer-France-Hungary Friendship Orphanage (KFO) and Norway House (NH) since 2007. The objective is to help deprived children overcome the poverty cycle by creating the opportunity to attend post-secondary education that enables children to obtain good careers in the future. The project provides full support to individually sponsored students by covering all related costs such as living and studying costs, transport, accommodation, healthcare, etc. Most of the sponsored students are pursuing university degrees. As an immediate impact, CRF projects have built the capacity of at least 57 education officers, more than 1,450 teachers, 50,000 students, 700 youth, 86 members of school support committees and commune councillors and 348 parents through various trainings, workshops, meetings and consultations, to equip extra knowledge and practical capability in promoting the application of children’s rights and addressing all child rights-related issues in their environments. Meanwhile, CRF has built a strong, close and sincere cooperation with the MoEYS, especially with five relevant departments, resulting in the conclusion of a new 5-year term 2013-2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two entities. Most of CRF funds come from grant collaborations with International NGOs such as Plan International Cambodia, Save the Children, We World (Intervita), Anesvad foundation, Norway House. CRF does not benefit from any technical support to date. CRF implements its projects mainly in 3 provinces: Siem Reap, Tboung Khmum and Kandal, with the help of 30 employees.