via Phnom Penh Post, 30 January 2020: A long-running programme to integrate heritage education with local schools.
Five schools in Siem Reap province and two in Banteay Meanchey have been selected to join a heritage education programme implemented by the Apsara National Authority.
The “Heritage Education Programme” has been running since 2008. This year, seven schools are joining it – three primary and two high schools in Siem Reap, and two primary schools in Banteay Meanchey, near Banteay Chhmar temple, said Im Sokrithy, the director of the Department of Temple Conservation in Angkor.
The course aims to give pupils a more thorough understanding of their cultural heritage. The classes, imparted by technical officers and researchers from the Apsara National Authority, focus on the cultural significance of Cambodia’s vast network of temples. Students will also go on field trips to temples near their schools.
“We also teach students how to conduct research and what is tangible and intangible heritage in the area where they live. Initially, we are choosing schools located near heritage sites, so it is easier to bring students to these sites,” he said.