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36 years of activity for Cambodia

 

Sipar has been working actively with underprivileged populations in Cambodia for 36 years. Based essentially on developing reading and the fight against illiteracy, the association has been working for 26 years in all of Cambodia’s regions with one unique objective: make books an educational lever, transport them and make them accessible to the most underprivileged populations.
 

Sipar is a French NGO created in 1982 to welcome Cambodian refugees in France. Sipar’s first actions in the field were teaching French in refugee camps in Thailand and training in sites on the Khmer-Thai border.

Sipar arrived in Cambodia in 1992. After 20 years of war, the country was worn out. Everything related to knowledge had disappeared, the educational system needed to be re-built.

For 25 years Sipar has been working in the field with institutions and communities and has concentrated its activity on developing reading, education through the accessibility of books and the fight against illiteracy.


Permanent and mobile library programme

To begin with, Sipar set up reading areas within schools : 310 schools have been equipped with libraries and more than 2600 librarians trained by SIPAR. In the public sector (villages, hospitals, prisons, textile factories…) Sipar has created reading corners and set up libraries and resource centers. Mobile libraries have been introduced on the roads : 9 mobile libraries (8 mini vans and 1 motorbike) distribute books in underprivileged areas to make books accessible to the poorest communities and develop a taste for reading from a young age.


Publishing books in Khmer programme

After having developed the librarian profession in Cambodia, SIPAR has now developed the publishing sector.

Faced with the poverty of the offer, Sipar launched a programme of book publishing in Khmer in 2000. Today SIPAR offers 180 works divided into 12 series in Khmer, adapted to different age ranges and audiences. More than 2 millions copies are in the hands of young readers. The publishing team in Phnom Penh is made up of 12 persons who design and edit 20/25 new books a year.

 

SIPAR's Values and Commitments

 

Sipar has embraced 3 core values since its creation: INNOVATION and permanent renewal of its actions in aid of the most underprivileged, TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE to the relevant Cambodian authorities and professionals, seeking SUSTAINABILITY of the projects by encouraging ownership by the beneficiaries and ongoing training for the local team.

  • Innovation

SIPAR has always had a pioneering vocation and the courage necessary to dare introduce innovative programmes to help develop reading.
 

  • Ownership and transfer of knowledge

SIPAR works in close collaboration with Cambodian institutions and not in parallel to them which enables better programme ownership. Training helps efficient skill transfer to the Cambodian populations.
 

  • Development

SIPAR initiates its projects in close consultation with future beneficiaries and ensures their durability out of a concern for development and not just aid to a country. In Phnom Penh today, a trained and efficient team of 50 Cambodians works to achieve sustainable development for their country.


Key Figures

 

 

  • A national cover : present in 25 Provinces and municipalities

  • 640 000 beneficiaries

  • 440 librariesor places of reading in service

  • 50 Cambodian employees

  • 310 libraries in schools

  • 17 communal centers of education for all (CEFA)

  • 9 mobile libraries (8 bibliobus and 1 biblio motor bike)

  • 2600 school librarians trained

  • 19 reading corners in hospital

  • 18 youth clubs in rural area

  • 26 prison libraries

  • 18 libraries for garment workers

  • 170 titles for young people in Khmer

  • 2 000 000 books have been published
     

« Reading and learning to build the future ». This is SIPAR’s mission

 

Contact us

  • FRANCE
  • 16 rue Champ Lagarde
  • 78 000 Versailles

  • 33 (0)1 39 02 32 52

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  • CAMBODIA
  • 9 street 334 - Po Box 31
  • Phnom Penh

  • 855 (0)10 200 740

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