After leaving Preah Vihear province to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Phnom Penh, Bie Banarin has promised himself not to come home without first becoming a high school principal.
Banarin, 26, is studying educational methodology at the National Institute of Education. He said he believes that in the computer age, information plays a vital role for research and living. However, the people in his hometown are not able to easily access computers.
This led him to study information technology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh so that he can one day share his technological knowledge with the next generation. However, he came to the conclusion that being a teacher is not enough for him to easily share new subjects with students.
Banarin said that in order to make his dream come true, he must become a high school principal.
“I could not share my skills to people in the rural areas if I am only a teacher,” he said.
The first thing that he wants to do as a principal is to change the curriculum a bit and add more technology classes for students. He will cooperate with NGOs and other partners to get help building schools, laboratories and computers and connect to the internet to help all students research and study.
However, Banarin is still not sure how to be a good principal. “How should I prepare to become an honourable school principal?” he asked.