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Early January, VVOB organised the annual progress review and planning workshop for activities in Cambodia. The Minister of Education, Youth and Sport - VVOB’s key partner - was also present. The minister was very positive about VVOB’s results and, in recognition, awarded VVOB medals of honour. What a way to start 2019!

At the beginning of every year, VVOB staff in Cambodia organise a progress review and planning workshop. We reflect on the achievements and challenges of the past year, and review the planning for the forthcoming year.


For the workshop of 2019, all VVOB’s partners and stakeholders in Cambodia were invited to the capital Phnom Penh, including the management teams of the Teacher Education Colleges (TEC) of Phnom Penh and Battambang, officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and of the Ministry of Women’s affairs.


Also present during the meeting was his Excellency, Senior Minister, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Dr. Hang Chuon Naron. In his closing speech, the Minister expressed his and the ministry’s appreciation for VVOB’s long-time engagement and contribution to the strengthening of the education sector in Cambodia. As a sign of this appreciation, he awarded VVOB staff medals of the Royal Order of Monisaraphon.


These medals recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals for services in the fields of literature, the fine arts, justice, administration, science and… education! While they cannot be conferred to an organisation, no less than six medals were presented to the following VVOB ‘ambassadors’:

  • Wilco Visscher, country programme manager
  • Chanveasna Chin, operations manager
  • Karolina Rutkowska, capacity development advisor
  • Leap Van, programme coordinator Mathematics
  • Samphon Say, programme coordinator School Leadership
  • Virak Uon, programme coordinator Classroom Management

These medals are first and foremost a recognition of the efforts of the entire VVOB team in Cambodia. Congratulations to all!

Programme of the 2019 annual progress review and planning workshop

In the morning, the VVOB team presented the results of 2018:

In the afternoon, all participants split into groups to discuss lessons learnt and to adapt the 2019 workplan accordingly.