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Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences and Humanities

ISSN 2985-0541 (Print)

ISSN 2985-055X (Online)

Community Participation in Education:
A Case Study in Samlot District, Battambang Province, Cambodia



This study was conducted to investigate the nature of community participation in education in a remote district in Cambodia. A case study approach was used to explore the issue and employed qualitative research methods for data collection. Epstein’s participation and Bray’s degree of community participation were used as analytical frameworks. The study focussed on the forms and processes of participation by parents, community members and education stakeholders in primary schools in remote areas. The study discovered a range of social practices in community participation in education. The degrees of participation varied depending on the types of participation and the participants. Parents had direct participation in their children’s learning at home, and indirect participation through resource contributions for school development. In addition, the community participated in education through their main representatives, the School Support Committees (SSCs). The most common type of participation was collaborative resource contribution for school development. This practice reflected the traditional culture of participation of Cambodian society but there was also a sign of behavioural change to focus more on children’s learning. Teachers and School Support Committees were the drivers in bringing community and parents to participate in education. This case study suggests that a shift in focus (on the part of the government, non-governmental organizations and education stakeholders) to support parental involvement in children’s learning, rather than the traditional resource mobilisation, may better to promote children’s learning. Further research on parental involvement in children’s learning could be conducted.

Keywords: community, participation, community participation

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