Cambodia in figures

2012 (thousands)


< 18 y.o (%)


Youth literacy rate
(15-24 y-o) (%), 2008-2012, Male


Youth literacy rate
(15-24 y-o) (%), 2008-2012, Female


Secondary school participation
Net attendance ratio (%), 2008-2012, Male


Secondary school participation
Net attendance ratio (%), 2008-2012, Female


% of population below international poverty
$1.25 per day, 2007-2011


source unicef

Passerelles numériques Cambodia

Program launching


Students - 1st class (2005)


Students - 2015-2016


Training Location

Phnom Penh

Training Programs

Two two-year trainings – IT technician:

  • System and Network Administration (SNA)
  • Web Programming (WEP)

Both curricula include:

  • 2-month internship by the end of the first year
  • 4-month internship by the end ot the second year

A 6-month training – Data Management Operator (DMO)

In collaboration with Digital Divide Data (a US-based social business in the digitization sector. They provide work-study opportunities for underpriviledged Cambodians and Laotians). For more information, please read the news article on DDD partnership, which ended on July 2014.

Context and results

In Cambodia, a society still traumatized by 30 years of civil war and the Khmer Rouge tragedy, 31% of the population still live on less than $1.25 per day. The persistent corruption, political crises and the slow emergence of a middle class restrains the development of a fair society. 80% of Cambodian people live in rural areas; however the urbanization is increasing. More than half of the population is under 21 year old: they are moving to the cities to seek jobs. School and university infrastructures are still inadequate for a growing society: 37% of Cambodians are less than 18 years-old, and out of the 300,000 children born each year, only 20,000 of them reach a university level of study.

Despite Cambodia’s Ministry of Education’s efforts towards primary schools, many institutes lack equipment, textbooks, laboratories and buildings. While officially free, education – especially secondary and higher education – is not accessible to the most underprivileged families.
In 2005, Passerelles numériques created its first school in Phnom Penh to help disadvantaged students access a high-level education and find qualified employment.

In the current Cambodia market context of fast evolution of IT and new technologies, local and international companies look for students with:
  • technical IT skills,
  • fluency in English,
  • professional skills and ability to deal with customers’ requests.

Passerelles numériques Cambodia’s training program has been designed to provide its students with all these skills. The program is constantly updated to answer the growing needs of the market (see PNC 2013 Market Survey).
After graduating, students can still count on Passerelles numériques support, thanks to the Job Placement service.

Since 2005, 1 195 students completed their studies at PN’s Cambodia center:

723 completed with success a two-year training program (IT technician):

  • 92% found skilled employment within 2 months.
  • their average starting salary is $150 per month, which is twice as high as the average Cambodian salary. Within two years they earn an average salary of $260 per month*.
  • they give a part of their salary to their family ($78/month), to finance their siblings’ education (30%), buy food (25%) and pay medical fees (21%)*.
  • once graduated in just over 2 years, these youths earn the equivalent of the sum invested in their studies at PN.

472 students completed the six-month Data Management Operator training program enabling them to be hired into Digital Divide Data’s work and study program.

*Data as of December 31, 2013.


Mr. Sor Sovannarith, Graduated in november 2011

(Training in “System and Network Administration”).

“Being a student in this school allowed me to escape from poverty and ignorance. Today, I have more hopes for my future and every day i repeat myself ‘Yes, i can do it!’ After the internship at PN Cambodia helped me to find, i found a good job in a bank. With my salary I can support my sister’s studies and my family. One day, when I will be older, I would like to share my technical knowledgewith young underpriviledged people and help them to have a better future. That is what happened to me.”