Liger School Students to Launch Cambodian Economy Book

A group of teenage students from Liger Leadership Academy have penned a book on Cambodia’s economy after two years of research.
The Economy Book team presenting the published book to Minister of Education (Photo: supplied)
The Economy Book team presenting the published book to Minister of Education (Photo: supplied)

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Students from Liger Leadership Academy are gearing up to launch a book on Cambodia’s economy after two years of research.

The book launch will take place on Friday at Sisowath New Generation School Event Space in Phnom Penh. The “Cambodian Economy Book Volume 2” is written by Rose Angely, Thul Vutha, and Khin Yanich, among several others.

“This book will be a key inspiration that will unlock your passion and untie the knot of curiosity about the economy of Cambodia,” according to the book blurb.

Using statistical graphics, economics glossaries, and creative elements, the book helps readers understand the complex economic concepts in an engaging and accessible style in both Khmer and English to Cambodian high school and university students.

“Cambodian Economy Book Volume 2”, a follow-up to volume one published in 2015, features nine major sectors, among them are agriculture, banking and finance, construction, manufacturing, and tourism of the Cambodian economy. A big hit at the time, the first volume was adopted for use in 500 Cambodian schools nationwide at the request of Cambodia’s education minister Hang Chuon Naron, who also penned the book’s introduction.

Nou Sovan, a student who co-authored the first volume, also continued her work on the second edition. She wrote in a blog post, “We all are proud of our accomplishment, the book[s] were signed with honor by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Doctor Hang Choun Narang. As well as distributing more than 2,000 copies to most of the secondary schools in Cambodia, this was my first time I wrote a book at the age of 14.”

The book project was born out of Liger students’ need for more resourceful information about the Cambodian economy. A group of 10 Liger students, aged 12 and 13, delivered the final product, Cambodian Economy Book, which became available at bookstores across the country.

“Imagine you’re 13 and writing a book about the economy of your country, it gets printed and then thousands of people are reading it,” Jeffrey Holte, the Liger Director of Education, told Atlas of the Future, when the first volume was published.

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