The School I Wish I Had Founded

Liger Leadership Academy

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we encouraged our readers to travel and build connections across the world. This third article describes one of the most fascinating groups of people we connected with while travelling in Cambodia from Josie’s perspective as a teacher.

Part 3 Quick Take:

  • The teachers: there aren’t any; they have facilitators.
  • Does this actually work? How students impact their communities
  • Next steps: students are looking past the horizon and into the future of Cambodia

The Teachers: there aren’t any; they have facilitators.

As a former educator, I’m aware that it’s easy enough to give something a new title and think that this will change how people relate to or interact with that thing. For example, calling a failing grade an “E” instead of the traditional “F” — we all know what it means and the kids do too, nobody’s being fooled here.

Does this actually work? How students impact their communities

After initially learning about the students and staff at LLA, the question I found myself asking was: Does this actually work?

We got to watch the FIRST Women’s Cambodian Frisbee Championship (2019)

Next Steps: students are looking past the horizon and into the future of Cambodia

Some projects that students take on are small. Others are big and ambitious. One ambitious project that five seniors are working on is “out of this world” (couldn’t help myself). The Liger CubeSat team, as I mentioned before is working to build and launch Cambodia’s first ever satellite. This alone is huge. There isn’t even a space department in Cambodia! As if this goal wasn’t cool enough, the team has deeper plans for this project. Because educational resources are very limited within public schools, space technology and project-based learning is pretty much non-existent. So, the Liger CubeSat team wants to build radio receiver kits to distribute to 50+ secondary schools so that kids across Cambodia can have a hands-on learning experience AND access to space exploration by receiving images that the CubeSat captures. How awesome is this?

Liger CubeSat Team, Phnom Penh Cambodia

Summary

As a former educator, this school has my mind exploding. It’s incredible to see a school where students are seen for their character and potential and educated holistically. If ever start a school, my hope would be that adults involved are considered facilitators of learning rather than experts who must be the sources of all knowledge and that students, facilitators, and mentors will work together to be agents of change in their community.

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Traveling, learning, growing. We paused our business in Seattle to live and travel around Southeast Asia — wow there is so much to learn!

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Ansel & Josie Sanger

Traveling, learning, growing. We paused our business in Seattle to live and travel around Southeast Asia — wow there is so much to learn!