Welcome to LIFT issue 11

Welcome to LIFT issue 11

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.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group