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China provides hygiene supplies to 70,000 pupils in Cambodia

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 24, 2020
China, through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has provided hygiene and learning supplies to 3,064 community pre-schools across Cambodia, allowing some 70,000 children to return to school safely, with better protection from the coronavirus.
Pupils in Cambodia
Hygiene supplies   Pupils in Cambodia
The symbolic handing over of these supplies to community pre-schools were held at the Prek Pnov district's education office in northern suburb of Phnom Penh.

Topics: china Cambodia

Wu Guoquan, economic and commercial counselor of the Chinese Embassy to Cambodia, said China actively participates in global anti-pandemic cooperation, firmly supports multilateralism, and fully backs the leading role of the United Nations in the fight against the epidemic.

"These supplies are a cooperation between the Chinese government, UNICEF and the Cambodian support and care for the healthy development of Cambodian children, and to improve the ability of Cambodian communities and schools to respond to the pandemic," he said.

Cambodian Education Ministry secretary of state Kim Sethany said Cambodia welcomed the provision of these supplies and thanked China for working with UNICEF to support Cambodia's pre-school children.

She said the provision of teaching and learning materials and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) supplies, such as portable handwashing facilities, water filters and cleaning products, is essential for the safety and health of the youngest learners.

"The ministry wants as many young children as possible to benefit from attending pre-school, and this is only possible when learning environments are safe," she said. "We hope families will feel reassured in sending their children to pre-school as a result of this critical support."hs1020