When she was growing up in Cambodia, Somanita Kheang was inspired by her family to pursue higher education and value the importance of education in life. However, it wasn’t until she was working as a research analyst and securities representative while teaching English part-time that she began to consider the impact she could make on the field.
“I wanted to be able to help those students because I knew that English is very important in Cambodia,” Kheang said. “I wanted to be a better educator for them.”
While earning her bachelor’s degrees in English literature and finance and banking, Kheang had taken an elective course on non-formal education, a class that made her wonder if there were techniques she could use to better teach her students, some of whom were adult learners.
Deciding she needed to know more, Kheang left her job at OSK Indochina Securities Limited in Cambodia and, through scholarship support provided by Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, attended Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, where she earned a master’s degree in non-formal education. Her first published research paper focused on understanding how non-formal ed …