Every October, bicycles are awarded to all students who graduated from the 6th grade at our four primary schools. These bikes enable children to get to secondary school, which are often many kilometers from their villages. They also serve as an enormous incentive for children to finish grade 6 whether they continue to secondary school or not, and we have built a secondary incentive by awarding bicycles to the first and second ranked students in class for grades 4 and 5.
Enrollment in secondary school rose 35% the first year PLF initiated the “Bike to School Program” and has improved every year since. In 2007 we awarded 113 bicycles. In 2015 we awarded 314 bicycles.
The best quality bikes available in Cambodia are gently used bikes from Japan. They arrive in containers to a local bike shop where they are refurbished with new baskets, racks, brakes, bells, locks and tires. The bikes are loaded into trucks and transported to our remote primary schools and the bikes are awarded on Opening Day before the whole school.
Check out some scenes from our Opening Day!