South East Asia Church Based Literacy NSD Project
0% of $14,500 at 17-Oct-2021
There is a great need for Multilingual Education for members of the Bunong communities in Mondulkiri, Cambodia. Currently they are ill-equipped to navigate the new pressures of modernisation that are making an ever-increasing impact upon their daily lives and threatening their culture and livelihoods. Bunong communities are now part of a cultural struggle to publicly participate in the processes of public governance from which decisions having a long-term impact upon the lives of their children and grand-children will be made. At this time, only a few community members speak their country’s official language. This needs to change in order for Bunong communities to win respect in negotiations with authorities and the commercial interests that are coming into the region. Most Bunong people cannot read or write, even in their own language, so the literacy needs are great. Northeast Community Education and Development Organization (NCED) is committed to supporting the communities with these needs.
The Church Based Literacy Program is assisting the Bunong people in two main ways:
- The implementation of the Bunong literacy program in the churches is directly addressing the community’s low literacy rates while helping to sustain their language and their customs. Literacy rates need to increase in the country’s official language in order to support dealings with authorities and commercial organisations so that the communities’ interests are protected. Literacy rates also need to improve in the Bunong language so that their language and culture can be preserved for future generations.
- Running the literacy program through the local churches means that the Bunong people can be supported to read Scripture in their own language. The program works directly with 12 Bunong churches and the participants in the various programs include children, youth, adults and elderly people.
More recently, the Bunong communities have been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic and there has been an urgent need to communicate health advice to better protect them from outbreaks and to manage any cases that develop. NCED has been doing this important work with translated written materials and visits to villages (when permitted).