Inclusive and Child-Friendly Pre and Primary School Environments for Ethnic and Marginalized Children

Lao PDR : Hinhurb, Feuang, Mad, and Vangvieng Districts of Vientiane Province


Problem Statement

Poverty and hunger hinder children’s education. Schools have limited operating budgets. Remote schools often have poor learning facilities and lack materials and qualified teachers who speak the local language. Many children in remote areas lack access to complete primary education, especially girls. Schools often lack clean water, and hygiene practices are poor.


AEAI’s response

Ensure equitable access- improve quality- parents/communities/child participation in education.


Global objective

Ensure an accessibility of ethnic and marginalized children in remote areas to quality primary education and a child-friendly environment for learning.


Target Groups

4,000 primary school children, 100 school teachers, 6,000 parents and adults in 30 ethnic communities


Main Activities

  • Identification of issues affecting equitable access and quality of education using Education Quality Standards (EQS) as a tool to develop a school development plan (SDP).

  • Implementation of SDP.

  • Establishment of pre-primary classes to prepare young children for school readiness.

  • Training on teaching methods for children with learning difficulties.

  • Promote hygiene and sanitation, gender equity, child-friendliness and inclusiveness, environmental protection, and positive discipline practices.


Expected Outcomes

Improved access, participation, academic performance, and completion rates in primary schooling and life skills of boys and girls from ethnic and marginalized communities.


Provisional budget

975,887 Euros



Ministry of Education and Sports, Provincial Education Sport Service, and District Education and Sport Bureau.



Vithanya Noonan, Country Programmes Coordinator


Location /
Duration / 2015-2019

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