India and Cambodia Sign MoU for The Construction of Schools

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Dr. Devyani Khobragade, the Indian Ambassador to Cambodia, and Ing Kantha Phavi, the Minister of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia. This marked the initiation of a project funded by the Government of India for the construction of a three-classroom building at Sngoun Pich Primary School. The project, which is part of India's Quick Impact Project (QIP) under the Mekong Ganga Cooperation Framework, aims to improve the quality of education and learning environments for students in grades 1 to 6. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $50,000.

Through the Quick Impact Project (QIP) scheme, India has been executing ten projects each year in Cambodia since the fiscal year 2015-16, allocating up to $50,000 per project. This effort reflects India's dedicated commitment to promoting development and collaboration in Cambodia. Over the course of several years, India has sanctioned a total of 51 projects spanning diverse sectors such as IT, agriculture, health, sanitation, women's empowerment, child welfare, rural development, social infrastructure, and the environment.

Thirty-eight projects have been successfully concluded, and the remaining thirteen are currently at various stages of implementation, playing a crucial role in enhancing the well-being of local communities. During the ceremony attended by representatives from the Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Embassy of India, Ambassador Devyani praised the Ministry for its proactive approach. She underscored the significance of empowering girls and reiterated India's commitment to the philosophy of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," highlighting human-centric development and knowledge sharing as essential components of India's cultural heritage.

Ambassador Devyani stated, "This comprehensive perspective encourages collective progress as a global family, emphasizing development centered around humanity." She reiterated India's dedication to knowledge sharing as an integral aspect of its age-old heritage. Minister Kantha Phavi conveyed gratitude to the Indian government for its assistance in constructing the school, foreseeing benefits for both students and faculty. She acknowledged the productive collaboration between the Ministry and the Embassy of India, citing six previous projects that targeted school sanitation, IT proficiency, and classroom constructions.