Liger Learning Center Publishes First Student-Authored Book on the Cambodian Economy

Ministry of Education pledges to distribute volume to millions of students in government schools across Cambodia.

Liger Learning Center (LLC) in Phnom Penh is proud to announce the publication of its first student-authored book, The Cambodian Economy, written by kids, for kids. A group of nine Liger students, aged 11-13, spent eight months traveling around the country to research, conduct interviews, and write and edit the content. The result is a 160-page full-color book written in both Khmer and English.

The Cambodian Economy offers a colorful, comprehensive snapshot of one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies. The book touches on nearly every aspect of Cambodia’s economy, including agriculture, agro-industry, construction, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, tourism and more.

“The noble purpose of learning is to help society solve problems,” writes Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, in his introduction. “I believe [this book] will leave an indelible legacy for many Cambodian learners now and for years to come.”

To produce The Cambodian Economy, Liger students visited locations including a pepper farm and a coconut oil processing plant, as well as hotel and retail locations, gathering information by interviewing workers and managers. Mentors and editors from around the world helped give the book its final shape.

Illustrated with color photographs as well as charts and tables from official sources, the book presents information on economics in a format tailored for the peers of the students who wrote it, with features including glossaries of the terms used in each section. Readers of all ages will appreciate the book’s intuitive layout and accessible style.

The first print run comprised 2,000 copies, of which half will go to government schools. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase by visitors to Liger, and the school is exploring other possible distribution options, including an online edition.

Thanks to the Ministry, The Cambodian Economy will reach millions of Cambodian students this November, with a copy arriving in each government secondary school across the country.

“I could not be prouder of the students’ work,” says Jeff Boucher, the learning facilitator who led the project at Liger. “The amount of time, effort, tireless dedication and optimism poured into this book has astounded me.”

For more information about Liger Learning Center, visit http://www.ligerlearning.org

About Liger Learning Center
Liger Learning Center provides high-potential, economically disadvantaged students with a world-class learning experience – empowering them to become leaders of tomorrow. Through project-based learning with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), the Liger Learning Center in Phnom Penh prepares students to drive Cambodia’s future social and economic development.

Liger focuses on instilling values including creativity, innovation and problem solving. Since the school was launched in 2012, its first cohort of 50 students, aged 8-10 when they began, have racked up achievements including working with two organizations to change policy for subsidies on biodigesters (which produce renewable energy from organic matter), taking second place at a robotics competition in Singapore, and conducting water and electrical safety campaigns.

Liger Learning Center is operated by the Liger Charitable Foundation, a US registered nonprofit. www.ligerlearning.org