The Open Institute is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that envisions Cambodia as a country in which widespread access to high quality education, information, communications and technology lead to a more developed and just society. Our mission is to help improve the results of early-grade education in Cambodia, and to ensure that high-quality learning materials are accessible to all Cambodian school students through the Internet.

From 2017 to 2021 Open Institute has completed its shift from being a technology-for-development organization to concentrate only on education.

At present Open Institute collaborates with the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and the UNESCO/STEPCam programme to improve the teaching of mathematics in grades 1 to 3. Open Institute has led the development of new MoEYS Teaching and Learning materials packages for these courses, and it is supporting MoEYS in its deployment in five provinces. Open Institute is also collaborating with the MoEYS department of teacher training and UNESCO/StepCam to adapt the Math Methodology curriculum to the new packages being created, and to provide training in pedagogy to Teacher educators.

We also collaborates with the MoEYS department of Information Technology, supported by UNICEF, to ensure easy access by parents and students to all digital materials (classroom videos, Maths animation videos, worksheet, workbooks, etc.) that students can use at home to complement their education. The resources include several thousand videos that cover all classes taught in grade 1 to 9, as well as in grade 12.

As a strategic activity of Open Institute, the organization is developing and disseminating Koun Sva Chhlat (Clever Little Monkey), a collection of workbooks that help parents support their children's education and improve their results in grades 1 to 3. These workbooks, developed together with MoEYS, and accepted as part of its core resources for learning how to write Khmer and for maths in grades 1 to 3, are fully aligned with the program, textbooks, and teacher guides, providing practice to be done at home every day, even if the parents are not familiar with the content they have to study, or with the way of teaching it. The books can either be downloaded from the Internet and printed, or bought at bookstores at a very low price. In 2021, in response to Covid-19, UNICEF has printed and distributed these workbooks to all grade 1 and grade 2 children in Cambodia (more than 750.000 children). Open Institute continues developing new titles, hoping to be able to support - in the near future - the first three years for Khmer and the all of primary for Maths.

In addition, working with UNESCO and MoEYS, Open Institute is developing the Happy Maths collection of videos. The collection includes over 500 videos that review, using animation, each Maths topic taught in grades 1 to 3, and demonstrates how to do an example of how to solve each exercise included in the Koun Sva Chhlat workbooks.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 17:29
PRESS RELEASE                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               Friday December 1, 2017Cambodian Internet-Based Employment Solution Wins ASEAN AwardThe 2017 ASEAN ICT Awards recognized Bong Pheak, a USAID-funded employment service for low-skilled workers, as the year’s most important technology-for-development initiative in ASEAN, on November 30, 2017. Winners were selected by a panel of regional business and innovation specialists. Bong Pheak is an internet-based employment service for unskilled factory, construction, and hospitality work... Read more
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 15:56
  Workshop Introduction to typeface design Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 4 to 7 December 2017 A workshop of the First Regional Conference on OCR and Natural Language Processing (ONA2017) Content:This workshop will take participants through the initial stages of developing a digital font with an emphasis on practical exercises. Activities will include experimenting with writing tools, thinking about the different functions of type, developing a personal brief and getting a clear direction for your typeface, digitizing and drawing letterforms with software, plenty of group critique, individual help and... Read more
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:48
For the fourth consecutive year, Open Institute has completed its research on the use of Mobile Phones and Internet Use in Cambodia. This 2016 study reports important changes that have taken place during the last year regarding communication devices that Cambodians use, how Cambodians consume information, how technology penetration is changing reading and writing habits, and how Cambodian society is quickly moving towards new forms of communication. Data collected in September 2016 by interviewing 2061 participants aged between 15 and 65 years olds across Cambodia shows that over 96% of Cambod... Read more
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 08:58
  Press Release National Conference on gender equality within the new development agenda to take place On 11 and 12 February 2016  Under the funding support of UN Women Cambodia and organized by Open Institute, the conference on “Engendering the Sustainable Development Goals:  Making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Work for Cambodian Women and Girls” will discuss gender equality within the new development agenda. The conference will contribute to the localization of the SDG’s, with a particular emphasis on goal number 5: a transformative stand-alone goal that addresses structural ba... Read more


Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:17
BarCamp Kampong Cham 2014, is a free and open social event that bring together IT professionals, innovators, businesses, NGOs and students under their own agenda to network, create synergies and catch up the state-of-the-art of technology. It has taken place on this Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, July 2014, which attracts 457 participants include 149 female participants from different universities, high schools, NGOs and private sectors.At BarCamp Kampong Cham participants decide their own agenda including tech innovations, entrepreneurship, e-commerce, and what they want to hear about. The agenda... Read more
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 17:43
Panelist at the seminar on Promoting Transparency through Increased Access to Information at Sunway Hotel.Date: 3 July, 2014 Photo by Open Institute The seminar on “Promoting Transparency through Increased Access to Information” was held on 3rd July 2014 at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh. The purpose of this seminar was to promote the critical use of ICT to achieve information transparency and to encourage citizen's to be active participants in the use of and dissemination of information. Those in attendance included representatives of the Youth, Commune Councilors, Non-Government Organizations, and... Read more
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 15:58
This week, a roadshow for the training campaigns on Internet and Mobile Telephony and Mobile installation campaigns at 9 high schools for students in grade 11 & 12 and promotion campaigns at nearby phone shops. The campaigns will take place in 45 high schools in 18 different provinces that will show a 35-minutes educational video on understanding about the correct way of using Internet, trustworthiness information and what should be avoid to post. After this, students will discuss on 6 different case stories related to privacy, trustworthiness information, blackmail story, believes, hassra... Read more
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:54
Citizen Journalist and Information Communication Technology training was conducted at Governance Resource Learning Center, Ministry of Interior for three days between 04 -06 March, 2014. The purpose of the training was to build the awareness of Commune council members and target youth in the use of computers with Khmer language and to have the ability to use  Internet   tools for researching, writing, sharing and discussing information openly and effectively This would help participants understand media ethics, law and policy. The participants were councilors from both municipalities and provi... Read more


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