- What does demographic data tell us about life in Cambodia, especially rural Cambodia, today? (Is Cambodia developed, developing, or under-developed?)
- What is life like for the different members of Cambodia’s rural villages?
- How do your own values and beliefs influence the way you view life in rural Cambodia?
Rural life is quite separate and unlike urban life in most developing nations. In Cambodia, there is a great contrast between rural and urban life. The rice fields of Kampong Cham and the bustling streets of Phnom Penh are worlds apart. The purpose of these three lessons is to provide students with an overview of Cambodian rural life through lecture, reading, and writing. Students will analyze demographic data, write a creative story using the viewpoint of a village participant and critically discuss issues of poverty and modernization in rural Cambodia. Finally, they will reflect on how their own values influence the way they view life in rural Cambodia. These lessons are designed for a high school elective about Cambodia, but could certainly be used by any high school or middle school students studying Cambodia.