Three students from Cambodia visited Western Academy of Beijing in January. Their mission: to help bridge cultural gaps, raise awareness for issues in their country, and inspire their peers in Beijing to take action on global issues through school work.
The three students from Liger Learning Center in Cambodia – Thiny, Sythong and Nilroth – and their science teacher, Karen Kreiger, came to Beijing in January to attend the ASEAN Science competition. The group stayed an additional week to see the sights and experience Chinese culture, and spent one day at WAB sharing Cambodian culture and their personalized learning investigations.
At WAB Elementary School, the Liger Center students performed a skit for Grades 1 to 5 to explain life in Cambodia. They spoke to Grade 5 students and teachers, encouraging them to feel empowered to make a change in the world. Their message served as a prelude to the upcoming Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition, a research and action project required for students to complete the first phase of the International Baccalaureate framework.
They gifted two books to WAB Elementary School's Sabina Brady Library that they had researched and published as part of their self-directed learning. One book was about the Cambodian economy, and the other book was about endangered species in Cambodia. The students painted all the illustrations and shot all the photographs in the books.
In the Middle school, the visitors talked to a cross section of students about some of their personal projects, research and challenges in their investigations. In the High school, they joined a senior science lab dissection class.
Liger Learning Center opened in 2012 after years of research and planning, bringing to life a dream to create a place where Cambodian children had access to resources and guidance as a long-term investment in the country's development. Former WAB Technology Director Jeff Holte is the Liger Learning Center's Director of Education, and former WAB Director Robert Landau also spent time at the LLC.
To see more photos from the students' visit to WAB, visit MyWAB's Media page.