The development of the Don Bosco Technical School is 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.
Don Bosco Kep, as an educational project for Cambodian children and youth, has chosen the following areas from the MDGs:
Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Don Bosco Kep works toward this goal through projects such as Technical Education and the Children Fund. Technical skills give opportunities to young people to get better paid jobs to support their families and thus break the cycle of poverty. Also to combat malnutrition the school canteen aims to serve good food to the students.
Achieve Universal Primary Education
The Don Bosco Kep Children Fund (DBKCF) works to prevent school abandonment by children from very poor families or vulnerable communities. One of its goals was opening a kindergarten in 2014 that should also be a model of child education in the region and this is now fully operational. The DBKCF also works to help teachers with their own financial difficulties to avoid the common practice of charging students extra fees to make more income for themselves. Basically, this practice violates the right of free primary education. The low salaries of teachers in Cambodia is one reason for such practice.
Promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
Since opening 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 electrical work. The construction of the female hostel, Banteay Srei, has the objective of creating a safe and practical place for young women from the region to stay, giving them the same opportunity as their male counterparts. At the same time, DBKCF supports equal number of girls and it is looking forward to supporting single mothers (widows or abandoned women) and grandmothers through health assistance and/or learning skills such as sewing and counselling. Don Bosco ensures that empowering women should not mean the abandonment of their kids, but give equal opportunities to both genders since there is evidence that preference for one gender leads to social clashes.
Goals by Promotion
Other goals such as reducing child mortality, improve maternal health, fighting HIV/AIDS,
Malaria and other diseases are included in the projects of the Social Communication Centre where audio visual and printed material are produced to distribute to rural communities for prevention and education. At the same time the students gain knowledge about all these problems and become advocates in their own communities.
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Don Bosco Kep is especially focused on environmental sustainability. The campus itself has been designed as a park, taking care of local trees and plants, and including their study in the youth and children’s curriculum. The solar plant installation which powers the campus is a model of energy sustainability in the region and many groups come to study it, as well as the water supply and water treatment systems.