In Cambodia, education lays the foundation for a brighter future. Yet navigating the complexities of the public school system can be a challenge. At Anjali House, we recognize the importance of education and aim to complement the efforts of the public school system through our supplementary programs. In this article, we’ll delve into the workings of Cambodia’s public school system and shed light on how Anjali House fills critical educational gaps.


cambodian students during class

Understanding Cambodia’s Public School System


Cambodia’s public school system operates on a half-day schedule, typically running in two shifts, from 7 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 5 pm. Each student will attend for a half-day session, six days a week. While education is free and compulsory until the age of 12, several factors contribute to the system’s limitations. Overcrowded classrooms, teacher absenteeism, limited resources, and socio-economic barriers often hinder the quality of education provided.

Despite these challenges, public schools play a vital role in providing foundational knowledge and skills to Cambodian children. However, there is a need for additional support to enhance learning opportunities and address specific educational needs.


Anjali House’s Supplementary Programs


At Anjali House, we believe in empowering children with the tools they need to succeed academically and beyond. Rather than replacing the public school system, we complement it by offering a range of supplementary classes designed to enrich and expand students’ learning experiences.


Here’s how our programs address specific educational gaps:

  •  English Language Proficiency: An average public school student has one hour of foreign language a week starting in secondary school. English proficiency is increasingly essential in Cambodia’s evolving job market and globalized economy. Not to mention, English opens the doors to a world of information as the primary language of the internet, science, and technology. Our English language classes provide students with the opportunity to improve their language skills through interactive lessons and practical exercises. These activities not only provide English proficiency, but also boosts their confidence and communication skills. Also, we capitalize on a child’s innate ability to pick-up a language quickly by allowing students to enroll as young as 3 years old.
  • Computer Literacy: Typically, a student in public school would not have computer class until the 11th grade. Then, computers and practice on computers is even more limited. In today’s digital age, proficiency in technology is indispensable. Our computer classes equip students with basic computer skills, including word processing, internet navigation, and digital literacy, empowering them to navigate the digital world with confidence.
  • Arts and Creativity: Most classrooms in Cambodia still focus on route learning exercises. Creativity is a fundamental aspect of holistic education. Through our arts programs, students explore their creative potential through various mediums, fostering self-expression, imagination, and critical thinking. Read more about this topic in this blog article: The Crucial Role of Creativity in Education: Our Dedication
  • Gardening and Environmental Awareness: Environmental education is integral to promoting sustainability and ecological stewardship. Our gardening program teaches students about the importance of environmental conservation while instilling practical skills in gardening and agriculture.


cambodian young boys during an arts and crafts workshop

cambodian young girl on a computer


Education is the cornerstone of empowerment and opportunity. Cambodia’s public school system plays a crucial role in providing education to children, but there are inherent limitations that require additional support. At Anjali House, we are committed to complementing the efforts of the public school system by offering supplementary programs that enhance students’ educational experiences and prepare them for success in an ever-changing world. Together, we can nurture a generation of empowered and inspired learners who will shape the future of Cambodia and beyond.


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