The Apsara Authority has started a heritage education program for students at the Sras Srong Primary School in Siem Reap province to develop their love for and wish to protect Angkor heritage.
Im Sokrithy, deputy director of the Angkor International Centre for Research and Documentation with the Apsara Authority, said the program was created to educate young students about their Angkor heritage.
“This program has only one semester which started from May 10 and goes until August 2018, and we started with students from Grade 5 and 6 at Sras Srong Primary School because they are living in a priority area with ancient and traditional heritage and this school also has a good working relationship with our team,” he said.
He added that the program would teach the benefit and value of heritage for the community and the nation.
Mr Sokrithy said he hoped that more young people would care about conservation of heritage, and protect and take care of ancestral property after taking part in the classes.
“They will become the best messengers to their community that they live in,” he said. Ly Bunna, deputy director of the Siem Reap provincial education department, declined to comment.
The president of Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, Ouk Chhayavy, said she supported having this program for young students and that it should spread to every school in the country.
“It is really good for training young students to know about our heritage and culture, but I just ask them not to use it as a chance to insert politics,” she said. “I am also a teacher, and I want to see this kind of program in every school over the country, not only one or two schools.”