MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The development of the Don Bosco Technical School goes in accordance with the national and international criteria of development, especially the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have been adopted by the United Nations, IMF, OECD, and the World Bank.
From the MDGs, Don Bosco Kep as an educational project for Cambodian children and youth, has chosen the following ones:
Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Don Bosco Kep works toward this goal through projects such as the Technical Education and the Children Fund. Technical skills give opportunities to young people to get better paid jobs and thus break their circle of poverty, being able to support their families. Also, all the students at the school receive food, intended to provide them with the enough proteins to fight malnutrition.
Achieve Universal Primary Education
The Children Fund works to prevent school abandonment by children from very poor families or vulnerable communities. One of its goals was to open a Kindergarten by 2014 that should be also a model of child education in the region, and now it is fully operative. The DBKCF also works to help teachers with their own difficulties to avoid a regular practice of charging students with extra fees so they can make more income for themselves. Basically, that practice violates the right of free primary education. The low salaries of teachers in Cambodia are an evident obstacle for that.
Promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
Since it opens in 2011, Don Bosco Kep has engaged young women in all its technical programs, including those that people think are only for men, such as electricity. The construction of the female hostel, Banteay Srei, has the objective to create a safe and practical place so Cambodian young women from the region can apply to these programs at the same level of their male pairs. At the same time, DBKCF supports equal number of girls and it is looking forward to support single mothers (widows or abandoned women) and grandmothers through health assistance and/or learning some skills such as sewing and counselling. Don Bosco takes care of that women empowering should not mean the abandonment of their kids, but to give equal opportunities to both genders, since an evident preference for one gender leads to social clash.
Goals by Promotion
Other goals such as reducing child mortality, improve maternal health and fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases are included in the programs of projects like the Social Communication Center. Through the production of audiovisual and printed material directed to rural communities we work toward the prevention and to inform the community. At the same time, the students get informed in all these issues so they can become speakers in their own communities.
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Don Bosco Kep is especially sensible to environmental sustainability because it is located in the Kep National Park. The Campus has been designed as a park itself, taking care of trees and local fauna, and including them in the curriculum of studies of youth and children. The installation of the Solar Plant is a model of sustainability in the region and many groups come to study it, as well as the water supply and water treatment systems.