In a country where many people live only for the present, it is imperative that we find not just the right children but the right families. Such families need to understand the long-term investment made in their children and the country’s future. Liger’s goal is not to recruit children in order to change their lives but rather to recruit those who will, when their lives and opportunities are changed, have the desire, passion, drive and capacity to change the lives of many more of their countrymen and women. We embrace the fact that our reach exceeds our grasp.
The recruitment process at Liger is approximately a 2-year process. This allows for us to really get to know the incoming students before they receive a scholarship to study at the Liger Learning Center, thus ensuring the highest probability of future success.
The 2-year process enables Liger to assess the candidates in the following ways:
- Academic abilities in core subjects
- Language acquisition – as English will be a strong focus at the Liger Learning Center
- Liger’s “Change Agent” characteristics
- Personality – as core values are a strong focus at the Liger Learning Center
- Areas of strength, expertise, and diversity
- Potential for personal growth
The process calls for close collaboration between the Country Director, the Learning Coordinator and the National Learning Recruiter.
The Country Director and National Learning Recruiter begin by travelling to most of Cambodia’s provinces to introduce Liger to new schools or reintroduce Liger at schools visited in previous recruitment drives. This trip is used to set up specific dates for a follow-up visit by the National Learning Recruiter and Learning Coordinator to deliver the first stage of recruitment assessment.
All stages of assessment, as well as the management of the Liger Learning Center staff who perform that assessment, are the responsibility of the Learning Coordinator. Throughout the entire process, the Learning Coordinator and the Country Director are kept completely up to date with student progress.
Second tripRound 1 of assessment
National Learning Recruiter leads a team, sometimes accompanied by the Learning Coordinator, to deliver the first round of assessment, which includes:
- mother tongue reading, writing and comprehension
- non verbal puzzle solving
- creative thinking
Round 1 results are recorded and assessed. Students who will participate in round 2 are identified.
We went to 203 primary schools
4000 students were tested
they were selected from
over 30 000 students
The Learning Coordinator, National Learning Recruiter, and support team travel to the various government schools to deliver the next level of assessment, which includes:
- student interviews
- team building activities
- leadership challenges
- academic challenges
Delivered coursework is continually monitored and assessed. As a result of the assessed work and knowledge of the students, the Learning Coordinator, National Learning Recruiter, Country Director, and other engaged team members compile a list of approximately 100 students as the initial pool from which to choose the final candidates.
Students are given projects which demonstrate their self-discipline and motivation. The students must work independently.
After assessing their personal projects the list is narrowed to the students who have shown themselves most likely to succeed. If a Liger Learning Center already exists in the country, the selected students will visit the campus and remain for a week to allow them to better understand and vice-versa. This gives all Liger staff an opportunity to work with the students and if it is not the first cohort, it gives Liger students the opportunity to work with the candidates for the next cohort. It also allows Liger to evaluate all students in a communal living environment.
The whole body of work is reviewed and a final group of candidates are given a 6-month English and computing scholarship. This stage allows for a final, in-depth review of the candidates and importantly, of their determination and dedication on an extended time scale.
At the end of the 6 months, all successful candidates will secure a Liger scholarship for 2 years, renewable annually until graduation provided they continue to achieve Liger Learning Center standards. This group forms the new junior cohort and may range in size from 50 to 60 students, depending upon results.
Liger Learning Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the center and does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial award programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.