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Going beyond text books, Harrods focuses on real life learning​ to mould learners

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Learners are exposed to ICT at a very young age at Harrods’ classrooms. Photo: Staff

Going beyond text books, Harrods focuses on real life learning​ to mould learners

Students at Harrods International Academy are not merely grade chasers. Daily they master an array of skills through the academy’s student-centred curriculum, specially designed to glean the best out of the learners.

Computer coding, developing robotics, setting up stalls and selling their own products, and even go marketing are some extra activities for students, and they are not mere past-time hobbies but part of the academy’s diverse and rigid curriculum to nurture well-balanced students for the future.

In Harrods, students are largely exposed to real life situations in order to mould a futuristic workforce for the fast-growing Cambodian economy that is constantly evolving.

“We try to do authentic learning in every area possible –its students centred and teachers guided. We give real life experience to all our students and equip students with multiple skills."

“We extend our subject delivery beyond English, mathematics and science, to incorporate comprehensive programmes in subjects such as music, art, P.E [physical exercise], Business Studies, Chinese and global perspectives (subject),” Philippa Barson, school principal of Harrods told The Post.

Located in Boueng Keng Kang 1, Harrods International Academy who registered as a Cambridge International School promotes a unique Singaporean-British Curriculum for Cambodian and expat students, primarily focusing on inclusive education, with high focus on technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) such as ICT labs, interactive technology, tablets, computer coding and robotics, while maintaining core values and discipline all in a fully immersive English environment.

“We offer project and inquiry based learning, which concentrates on reasoning, critical thinking, research, comprehension, collaboration and problem solving skills.

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Barson:”We try to do authentic learning in every area possible.”

“These skills are embedded in our daily school life from EY [early years] PY [primary years and SY [secondary years] and our students are encouraged to engage in many extra-curricular activities we have to offer like our Harrods Debate Team or Young Entrepreneurs Club,” added Barson.

The traditional learning system has taken a backseat in the institute, while qualified teachers work diligently with young kids in high-tech classrooms that are equipped with modern gadgets.

“We hire passionate dedicated teachers from around the world, with considerable experience and qualifications. Harrods sources teaches with skills that enhance our team so we have a true diverse international culture,” she added.

Students enjoy all-round activities throughout the year in Harrods.

In-house activities range from football, chess and sport tournaments.

In addition, students carry out voluntary activities, especially in rural areas, to expose them to life outside the city.

Harrods is striving to ensure students who graduate from the institution are ready to face the real world and also fit into the demanding labour market, which now requires workers with multiple skills – both soft and hard skills.

“The world is shrinking very quickly and there is more competition in the world today.

“Cambodia is catching up quickly with the rest of the world. Thanks to investments from outside the country.

“Students and parents must join the competition, otherwise other cultures will take the lead,” she added.


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