Students at Liger Leadership Academy launched last Saturday the fruit of their hard work and dedication, the 420-page ‘The Geography of Cambodia’. The book is intended to be a reliable and credible source of information about the geographical diversity of the Kingdom.
The project took more than 18 months to complete – involving 4200 hours of research, 3150 hours of design, 1848 hours of editing, 5560 hours of revision and a visit to all 25 provinces and cities around Cambodia. The book is an emblem of the students’ collaborative effort to create something that will be a great contribution to other students and the Kingdom in general.
The book was made possible by the guidance of LLA management, senior students who taught juniors in using Adobe InDesign and all the students who researched, wrote, contributed, edited and proofread the copies before it was finally sent to the printer.
To ensure the quality and accuracy of the information, students involved in the project spent one week in each of the provinces, observing the lifestyle and routines of the locals and understanding the differences in traditions, cultures and beliefs. As a result, ‘The Geography of Cambodia’ contains very detailed information on location, infrastructure, environment, society and population of all the provinces. The book also has photographs and maps that support factual stories and observations. In addition, it contains students’ personal anecdotes and learning.
“The book, The Geography of Cambodia, is a kind of exploration that I’ve been working on for two years long. Junior cohort travelled around Cambodia, researching and doing a lot of interviewing as well. I’ve been to six provinces in the central and northern parts of Cambodia – Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey. We did a lot of research so the information we will be sharing are all reliable and credible. Some of the information are from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Art. There’s nothing more fun that this – discover new things, go on an adventure and learn from the experience,” said 14-year-old Dyna, who’s part of the project.
During the launching, the book received compliments from the attendees for its simple but enlightening content. The Minister of Culture and Fine Art, H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, said, “I fully endorse this book and believe this book will greatly benefit not only the students studying in government schools, but this will also be a great reference and learning resource for tourists who come to visit Cambodia”.
The book also gain a lot of compliment from the public for its simplicity yet sophisticated contexts. The Minister of Culture and Fine Arts endorsed The Geography of Cambodia by stating“I fully endorse this book and believe this book will greatly benefit not only the students studying in the government schools, but will also be a great reference and learning resource for tourists who come to visit Cambodia”.
Sithongnarak Yim, 13-year-old contributor, also shared, “What’s special about this book is that it was made by young Cambodians and it will be fun and useful for young Cambodians. They will be able to understand as the language used in this book is simple. The research process took one year and it involved all junior students. It was hard, but I had a fabulous time working on this project because I saw how we were all united to make this possible.”