It’s Not All About The Books – Life Skills at Sovann Komar
Sovann Komar seeks to provide our children with not only a high quality education but also a well-rounded one. As well as attending respected English-Khmer international schools in Phnom Penh , we now provide a range of life skills training.
We expect all our students to attend school full time until they have completed Grade 9, at the age of 15. Once they have achieved this milestone, they may choose to spend half of their time acquiring life skills of their choice in preparation for finding a job once they reach 18. We encourage individuality in Sovann Komar and therefore will try to find relevant life skills to suit the personality and interests of every child.
This year our oldest children have completed Grade 9 and are now considering the development of their life skills. While some children are continuing full-time education, others want to get some experience which will help them find a job. We want them to be well prepared for life outside of Sovann Komar and able to support themselves. These children are interested in a range of industries including architecture, fashion design, cosmetics, mechanics and art.
Education is very important for our children and we strive to provide the best quality teaching available. However, we also recognise that for some, traditional academia is not a good match for their skills and interests. As our children grow up, Sovann Komar is offering increasingly diverse options for our children. Education outside of the classroom is just as important as what you can learn sat at a desk. We hope to nurture every interest our children display to help them discover their future career.
Learning in the Home
In addition to vocational training, the parents at Sovann Komar have been teaching our children life skills for many years. This includes learning how to cook basic meals, cleaning the house, doing laundry and other domestic chores, riding motorbikes (for the older children), growing vegetables, buying food in the market and caring for their younger brothers and sisters. When our children reach the age of 18, it is our belief they will be full equipped with every skill and capability they need to not only survive but thrive in the outside world.