Libraries, Learning Centers

News : Oct 15th, UNESCO register the “Library, Learning Center”  in his program “Unesco Institute for LifeLong Learning”


Partner Name :


Status / activity :

International Solidarity Organisation

Project :

Contribution to the educative and social development of the workers from textiles industry in Cambodia, creating  Learning Centers and places of live in Libraries.

Area of Intervention :

Education - Fight against illiteracy .

3 main services delivered by the Library Learning Centers : Multi Media Library, Awarness on social issues, Literacy Classes

Location : Cambodia

Phase 1 - Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Siem Reap, Kampong Chhang

Phase 2 + Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Takeo, Pursat

Funding :

Phase 1 - Global amount of the project :  580.000 € -  WOF Foundation funds 50%  (wether : 290.000 €),  50% with the French Development Agency (AFD)  

Phase 2 - Global amount of the project : 646.500 €- WOF foundation funds : 30% (wether : 200.000 €) co financed for 50% with the French Development Agency (AFD), 5% factory owners, and 25% from private donors 

Status :

Phase 1 - Validated by the Board Committee on 10/16/15. Project done, with 18 Library Ressource Center implemented in factories from December 2015 to june 2018. 

Phase 2 - Validated by the Board Commitee on 16/03/18 - Project started il July 2018 till June 2021. 

         Understand the benefit of the project 

Co-funded with the AFD (French Development Agency), this innovative project is lead by SIPAR association. It consists in creating Libraries Learning Centers within 18 factories, to the benefit of 54.000 workers around 5 provinces of Phom Penh in Cambodia. Genuine lever of education, proposing educational activities that meet the daily life issues, media,  and books linked to healthcare, hygienic and nutrition field of women and children,  the library is a living space, where information, education and entertainment meet the expectations of the garment industry's workers. It aims to reduce vulnerability of the worker population, young and feminine, to existing risks. The libraries have the vocation to be sustainable with the committment of factory owners after the 3 years supporting period. 

Following the success of implementating Libraries Learning Centers * (* new name since 2018) the Executive Committee of Weave Our Future confirms its support to SIPAR over the next 3 years of development.
The Phase 2, started in July 2018 will last 3 years, until June 2021 and will be extended to 4 new provinces with 16 additional plants.
Supported by UNESCO, the French Development Agency, ...among others...SIPAR welcome new partners, such as the Cambodian Ministry of Women 's Affairs or the Cambodian Library Association.

In Cambodia for more than 35 years, Sipar for over 25 years,  has helped Cambodia fight illiteracy and develop school and public reading for the poor population. An enrichment to this program has been the establishment of a publishing branch for books in Khmer 13 years ago.

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News : 

Sipar is proud to be selected by The Library of Congress as one of the Best Practices 2016 for the project "Library Resource Centers in Garment Factories". This week, Mr. Hok Sothik, Sipar's director, has participated to the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards celebration in Washington D.C and has presented the projects of Sipar. Thanks to all partners involved!
To know more about the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, please visit:

Opening of a new Library, Resource Center on Oct the 7th at TY Fashion !