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The School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) program is a three-year multi-country program, funded by USAID, aimed at mitigating school dropout in primary and secondary school. It designs, implements and assesses the impact of interventions to prevent school dropout in four countries—Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste–to generate evidence for interventions that can be used by USAID and ministries of education to decrease dropout levels and address dropout-related behaviors that put students at risk.

In Cambodia, SDPP activities are focused on dropout prevention in Grades 7, 8, and 9, the grades with the highest dropout rates, in six provinces with some of the highest dropout rates in the country. In September 2012, the project introduced two interventions–an Early Warning System and Computer Labs—in 215 treatment schools, enlisting the combined assistance of school administrators, teachers, parents, and other local authorities. The SDPP Program is implemented in Cambodia through a partnership between the Ministry of Education, Creative Associates International and local partner, Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE). In March 2013, SDPP celebrated the school-based activities with Ministry of Education representatives, Regional Government officials, school personnel, students, parents and community members.

 

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Students line the entrance to the school to welcome special guests to the School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) Program promotional event at Banteay Khmer Lower Secondary School on March 6, 2013. The event celebrates the implementation of in-school activities to reduce dropout rates among Cambodian students in grades 7, 8, and 9 in six provinces of Cambodia.