Past Projects

School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP)

The School Dropout Prevention Pilot(SDPP) is a three-year multi-country program, funded by USAID, through Creative Associates. It aims to reduce school dropout in primary and secondary schools. The SDPP Program will:


  • Test the effectiveness of interventions to prevent school dropout in four countries—Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste.
  • Generate evidence for interventions that can be used by USAID and ministries of education to decrease dropout levels and address dropout-related behaviors that put students at risk.




In Cambodia, KAPE is the implementing partner and is testing and collecting evidence on the effects of two interventions on drop out at lower secondary in six provinces. Key education stakeholders attended a design workshop to develop the ideas for the two interventions through a consultative process. Two priority interventions—an Early Warning System and Computer Labs—were developed, consistent with the ministry strategic sector plan.


The Early Warning System


  • Identifies students at-risk of dropping out of school
  • Enhances the capacity of schools to address the needs of at-risk students
  • Strengthens the partnership between school personnel and the parents/guardians of at-risk students


Computer Labs


  • Aim to increase the relevance of education for students and parents/guardians
  • Use a low cost “thin-client” computer model powered entirely by solar energy
  • Computer literacy training to students to increase interest in schooling


Project Scope


  • 6 Provinces:Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Pursat, Kampong Speu, Prey Veng, and Svay Rieng
  • 108 schools have both the Early Warning System and a Computer Lab
  • 107 schools have only the Early Warning System
  • 107 schools are comparison schools.


SDPP Supported by USAID/Creative International




Primary Schools


High Schools


Higher Education Institutions