Lao LEARN – Harnessing Innovative ICT for Improved Literacy, Teaching and Learning

Laos: Hinhurb, Fueang, Vangvieng,  and Mat districts, Vientiane Province

 

Context

  • Low rate to achieve Lao language needs: a 2012 early grade reading assessment conducted by the World Bank (WB) found that approximately 32% of second grade students in Laos could not read, while 57% could not comprehend what they had read. By fourth grade, 40% of children who did not speak Lao at home had not achieved basic reading fluency. According to the Laos Education Sector Development Plan 2016-2020, only 20% of students could cope with lower secondary school Lao language needs.
  • Low completion rate for primary schools: Education For All (EFA) 2015 National Review Report conducted by UNESCO found that on average, the completion rate for primary schooling was 74.97% well below the EFA target which was 88.1%.
  • Lack of resources: shortage of schools and difficulties in getting access to pre-schools or early childhood care and education centers especially for poor families living in remote non-Lao speaking communities.
  • Socio-economic hardships: in places where the primary sources of livelihoods are agricultural and poultry farming, families prioritize children’s work on the farm in lieu of attending school.

 

AEAI’s Response

Expand its information, communication and technology (ICT) in education pilot initiative, building on AEA’s ECCE and early grades successes in Cambodia of Khmer LEARN model.

 

Global Objective

To catalyze improved reading, learning and teaching standards in Lao PRD through the roll-out of a suite of quality e-learning applications.

 

Main Activities

  • To improve literacy and build a reading and learning culture among 2,110 pre-primary and primary school aged children in Vientiane Province.
  • To strengthen the capacity of 72 pre-school and primary school teachers and librarians to deliver quality education to students through the use of mobile technology and support.
  • To build a collaborative network and online platform that enables publishers, authors, and developers to create, distribute, and sustain diverse digital educational content.

 

Target Groups

Direct beneficiaries:

  • 2,110 children aged 3 to 11 years old; at least 50% female;
  • school teachers, librarians and directors in 12 schools.

 

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • 1,200 parents;
  • 4,000 community members;
  • 6,000 users, including Lao children and preschool teachers.

 

 

Main Activities

  • Develop School Assessment and teacher commitment to join the project.
  • Develop the apps, and coordinate installation.
  • Train teachers in delivering core subjects, followed and supported by the provision of a structured tablet and face to face training.
  • Mobilize and train young writers, publishers to support the development of relevant education contents for the target children.

 

Expected Outcomes

  • 2,110 children aged 3-11 years have improved reading according to accepted government standards as a result of regular access to Lao LEARN.
  • 72 Pre-school and primary teachers and librarians become better prepared to teach core subjects following provision of tablet-enabled structured e-training course.
  • A community of new and existing writers, publishers and developers is established and create diverse digital educational content.

 

Partners

Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES), ICT Center

 

Contact

Sadsada Phongnahak, Country Program Director

sadsada.phongnahak @aide-et-action.org

 

Location /
Duration / 2016-2020

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