GMP2 Made a Real Difference in Siem Reap

Many students from the near-by highschool use the learning center as a place to learn and read
Many students from the near-by highschool use the learning center as a place to learn and read

In May, a motivated team of managers re-structured and reopened our learning center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They took part in the General Management Plus Program which we organize together with WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Economics. What has the General Management Plus Program achieved in Siem Reap, you may be asking? To put it short: the program made a real difference in Siem Reap’s capital that is closely located to the world-famous Angkor Wat region. Mission accomplished! By Yourngchantreara Sao, Country Manager Assistant of BOOKBRIDGE in Cambodia.

During the 4th module of the program which lasted from May 9 to 16, team did their best to implement on the ground their well-thought and concrete business plan: a unique, yet pragmatic model for a social business for BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Siem Reap. According to the business plan the currently existing library is to turn to an attractive and sustainable learning center offering a platform for people to share experiences, explore new ideas and empower themselves.

The GMP2 team during one of the many workshops before the opening of learning center Siem Reap
The GMP2 team during one of the many workshops before the opening

The learning center will be not only accessible to 4,000 highschool students but also to small business owners and tourists who visit the near-by Angkor Wat temples. Tourists will have the possibility to discover an authentic Cambodia together with students. Small business owners can attend English classes to develop their companies and competences.

The (re)opening ceremony of the learning center
The (re)opening ceremony of the learning center

One of the big accomplishments of the team during those days was the organization of the official reopening ceremony of the learning center. The celebration took place on May 12 in the local highschool where the learning center is currently located. The ceremony was officially recognized by the Siem Reap Provincial Department of Education, Youth and Sports and the partner state school alike. It was well attended by all key actors and stakeholders, particularly the Secretary General of Cambodia Scouts, Director of Siem Reap Provincial Department of Education, Youth and Sports, school principal, and the teams of the General Management Plus Program and BOOKBRIDGE Cambodia.

The learning center is poised to offer high impact programs such as English courses, tourist school day trips and more to local students, community members and tourists alike. A big thank-you goes to the team for making all this happen! Now, we all can safely proceed and continue our efforts to make a this chance reality. It remains to be seen how far and fast we can progress but we choose to be optimistic about the future of the learning center given our great team and their incredible hard work and contributions!

Always crowded and filled with life: the newly opened BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Siem Reap
Always crowded and filled with life: the newly opened BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Siem Reap

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