Theme: Access & Quality of Education
Location: Vientiane and Oudomxay Provinces, LAOS
Duration: April 2019 – March 2024
Teachers, Trainers, Officials
Parents & Community Members
Over the last decade, the education sector in Laos has made considerable progress – there are more and more schools, and the quality of education is ever improving. Nonetheless, there are still many challenges to overcome, such as:
- Lack of staff and facilities to provide pre- and primary school classes, particularly in poor, remote, non-Lao speaking communities. Access to preschool in particular is very limited with detrimental effect on children’s school readiness.
- The low literacy and numeracy skills of primary school children, particularly in the more remote rural areas, need urgent improvement. Of particular concern are the areas where children of ethnic background do not speak Lao as their first language.
- Teaching techniques and learning materials need to be further. improved and school administration systems strengthened.
- Poor hygiene, health and nutrition adversely affecting children’s learning.
- School environments still need improvement, in particular when it comes to access to clean water and proper sanitation, to turn schools into safe and friendly spaces for children to learn. Awareness of child rights and child protection among educators is still limited.
- Extra-curricular activities need to be developed to enhance children’s practical knowledge, skills and experiences.
Aide et Action Laos has been contributing to the development of the education sector in Laos for more than 10 years. The focus of this project is on enhancing school management so schools become more inclusive and child-friendly, to improve children’s school readiness and to strengthen basic Lao literacy and numeracy learning outcomes in early childhood education and primary schools.
This project has been developed from our earlier pilot projects in Vientiane province, and is aligned with the 8th Education Sector Development Plan of the Lao PDR (2016-2020) and Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. It operates under an MoU signed with the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) and supports 30 schools in 7 districts of Vientiane and Oudomxay Provinces.
Some of our key activities are:
- Developing and implementing School Development Plans in collaboration with Village Education Development Committees.
- Training school principals on leadership and management.
- Training teachers on inclusive education, basic child rights and participation, and child development.
- Provide stipend support for children from poor families.
- Improve water and sanitation system in schools.
- Support the organization of annual school-led WASH campaigns.
- Establish pre-primary classrooms adjoined to primary schools.
- Support volunteer school teachers.
- Support low-cost hygienic cooking spaces, monthly mother-led meal demonstrations, and school gardens.