Cambodia offers a wide spectrum of schooling options, from public schools to international schools accredited by global organisations.
The quality of education offered at these institutions varies just as greatly, from questionable right through to to educational opportunities on par with the best in the world. Accordingly, determining if a school offers legitimate accredited educational programmes is one of the most critical factors a foreigner should consider when choosing a school in Cambodia.
Firstly, having a school which is authorised and accredited by an international agency ensures that the school has met internationally recognised standards. Some of the main internationally recognised organisations include the International Baccalaureate (IB), the Council of International Schools in Europe, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Cambridge Curriculum.
When you choose an accredited institution, you know that internationally respected bodies have accredited everything that that school does, whether it be the curriculum, design of the school’s facilities, safety standards, management of finances, and much more. In addition, when an accredited institution hires new teachers, they are able to choose from a global talent pool with experience in multicultural classrooms around the world.
Secondly, enrolling your child in an internationally accredited school ensures continuity in their education as qualifications are recognised at educational institutions globally. Therefore, if a family moves on from Cambodia, children can continue with an uninterrupted education of a equally high standard.
Northbridge International School Cambodia (NISC) in Phnom Penh is one such accredited institution, providing a testament to benefits of an international accreditation network. The Minister of Education, HE Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, has just opened the expanded campus at Northbridge International School Cambodia. The opening of the two new buildings comes nine months after NISC joined the Nord Anglia Education family of schools.
With 35 schools around the world, Nord Anglia Education is one of the world’s leading providers of premium schools. NISC students collaborate with NAE schools around the world, creating a global campus for them to learn in. The new facilities represent Nord Anglia Education’s long-term commitment to making NISC the premier school in Cambodia. More campus improvements are planned as NISC continues to grow.
It is important to note, however, that while many international schools claim to be affiliated or accredited by international agencies, this may not be the case. It is important for parents to research this carefully as some of these claims might not be true. A simple solution is to contact the global organisation to confirm any school’s credentials.