The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has joined forces with non-governmental organisation Sipar to provide a library resource centre at garment factories for workers.

An investment of US$640,000 has been made in the centres by the French Development Agency and Sipar. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, and NGO the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development, have also partnered with Sipar and GMAC to enable the centres to be provided.

The goal of the project is to improve the opportunity of self-education for workers, especially for women, providing access to information, and fighting illiteracy. The aim is to establish centres in 15 new garment factories and to reinforce three set up as part of a pilot programme in Dewhirst, Suntex, and Pactics.

The factories will be selected according to criteria designed in consultation with all partners.