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Basic education quality project underway in uangPrabang

The Ministry of Education and Sports and Save the Children are jointly implementing the Basic Education Quality and Access Project in Nambak district, LuangPrabang province.

Director General of LuangPrabang provincial Education and Sports Department MrEungLosavanh ( right ) and Country Director of Save the Children Laos Mr Olivier Franchi shake hands after signing the MoU.

The two year project worth more than 4 billion kip (US$493,812) is being funded by the Australian government and EU to promote education access and participation in 30 target schools in Nambak distri ct.

It is expected that approximately 3,798 children, 71 teachers, 140 Village Education Development Committees, 4,000 parents and education staff will benefit from the project.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony took place in Vientiane yesterday, between Director of LuangPrabang provincial Education and Sports Department, MrEungLosavanh and Country Director of Save the Children Laos Mr Olivier Franchi.

Under the agreement, the activities to be implemented in partnership with the district education and sports bureau will focus on addressing the quality of teaching of early reading and Lao language acquisi tion in schools and enabling community engagement. The project will encourage all children in target villages to enrol in and complete a quality education.

The project consists of two elements; the first to support access and increase participation of children disadvantaged by language, gender, disability and ethnicity in schools through improved oral Lao language skills and reading promotion in early grades, with the second to strengthen community mechanisms to create healthy supportive learning environments in homes and communities for all disadvantaged children.

Laos still suffers from very high early primary school drop-out rates. One principle reason for illiteracy is low completion rates of primary education.

To help improve the situation, basic education quality and access i n Laos is a ten year programme led by the Lao and Australian governments and the EU, to support educationally disadvantaged children to complete quality basic e ducation.

As part of the overall Basic Education Quality and Access Project in Nambak district, LuangPrabang province, an NGO consortium comprising Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision and Child Fund, is responsible for a specific subcomponent of the programme.

In partnership with key Ministry of Education and Sports stakeholders, the consortium will deliver activities that aim to ensure that all children, particularly non-Lao speakers, girls and children with disabilities, in target schools, enrol in and complete a quality primary education, supported by their parents and communities.

Save the Children International (SCI) commenced work in Laos over 25 years ago. Over that period, SCI has developed programmes in early childhood care and development, basic education, water, sanita tion and hygiene and child protection. SCI now operates in 13 districts of Borikhamxay, LuangPrabang and Xayaboury provinces.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 3,

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