Ask just about anyone what the most important key to development is in Cambodia and they will answer education. Regardless of what sector you are referring to, be it agriculture, medicine, business, law or even human rights and personal freedom, their improvement are all very much dependant on improved education.
Education requires a lot of things: learning materials, facilities, engaged and supportive parents, and most importantly, good teachers. While many young Cambodians do not view teaching as a highly attractive or lucrative profession, teachers have historically been held in high social standing in the Kingdom, and it is for their contribution to students in the past, present and future that we honour them with our 11th issue of Lift. Without teachers we could not learn, and without learning we cannot lift Cambodia for our generation and for generations to come.
We hope that by reading about some of the country’s best high school teachers (page 4), and getting some advice from a college professor (page 5), we might inspire some of you to look into teaching yourself, and if not, at least appreciate the contribution that teachers, in and out of school, have made to your life. We also take a look at the work being done in some of the country’s private schools, which may eventually change primary education throughout Cambodia.
Check out the back of the issue for other young people’s memories of their favourite teachers – and send a brief message about your favourite teacher on our Facebook page or send an email to [email protected] and we will publish your comments in our issue next week.