Sector: Education & Training, Non profit
Chapter: French

#9, St.21, Tonle Bassac, Chamcamon, Phnom Penh
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Sipar mission is to initiate children, youth and adults into reading and to open the access to knowledge and to education, the first step on the fight against illiteracy and poverty.

Over 20 years, Sipar has developed a network of reading places, fixed and mobile, school reading or public reading in order to support the development of a reading culture in Cambodia.

Furthermore, Sipar, aware of the situation of the Publishing Sector and of the lack of books in Khmer language for young people, implemented a publishing program in 2000 in order to provide books in Khmer.

These activities are supported by foundations, private and institutional donors, companies. To develop its activities, Sipar wishes to enhance its relationships with the private sector.

Sipar achievements include: 301 libraries implemented in primary schools and located in all the provinces of Cambodia, 2 500 librarians and more than 12 000 teachers trained in reading activities,18 Reading Centers situated in rural areas, 26 prisons of Cambodia being equipped with a library for all prisoners, 19 hospitals equipped with a reading corner, 15 Youth Clubs are established in rural areas, 8 Library Resources Centers in garment factories are in services and 10 are under preparation, 8 mobile libraries running every day in the disadvantaged areas in the suburbs of Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Siem Reap and Rattanakiri provinces (100 sites) and more than 130 books published in more than 1 590 000 copies.


Sipar was created in 1982 in France by Magali Petitmengin returning from a visit to the refugee camps in Thailand. She was touched by the misery of the refugees and in particular by their lack of access to education. 

The first mission of Sipar was to help the refugees from South-East Asia in their integration in the French society but soon Sipar worked on the design of education programs for teaching and learning in the Thai camps with the aim of better preparing the refugees to their new country.

In 1989, Sipar participated in the preparation of the displaced people to their resettlement in Cambodia in opening a vocational training center with classes in French language.

In 1991, Sipar came to Cambodia and was mandated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to help in rebuilding the primary education system. Soon, Sipar specialized in developing additional educational resources through the production of books. Since then, it became a major actor in the strengthening of the education system of the country by developing school and public reading.


Sothik Hok

Fundraising and Communication Officer

Fundraising and Communication Assistant