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Experts plan for upgrade of primary education

A key educational working group met in Vientiane yesterday to approve steps f or restructuring the second phase of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) project, which will now be submitted to the executive level for endorsement.

The second phase of the project is aimed at supporting the improvement of pre-primary and primary education in Laos.

Officials from several ministries, including Education and Sports, Planning and Investment, and Finance, along with development partners, took part in the meeting of the “Education Sector Working Group, Technical Level”.

Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Boualane Sylipanya, chaired the meeting. Components of the second phase of the project include strengthening efforts to support the development of a school-based management framework, and strengthening school-based management nationwide based on a strong capacity development strategy that encourages improved quality, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and accountability.

The project is also aimed at improving reading outcomes and assessment capacity with a focus on promoting evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning of the Lao language in early grades.

Sub-components comprise reading development intervention for Grades 1 and 2 in the Lao language, and studies to support instructional approaches to ethnic students.

Project management and monitoring and evaluation will support the delivery of project activities on planning and execution, financial management, procurement, internal audits, environmental and social safeguards management, and monitoring and evaluation.

The Education Sector Working Group meeting was held to promote the development of the education sector through the implementation of the Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP), which is aligned with the National Socio-Economic Development Plan and linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.

It also provides a mechanism for the government and development partners to engage in joint reviews, planning and budgeting and prioritising, resulting in the production of an annual sector plan and key performance indicators based on the ESDP, and aligned with the new planning and budget cycles of the Lao government.

I t will also mobilise and encourage the effective and efficient use of combined Lao government and external resources and increase the transparency, accountability and predictability of development partner assistance within the education sector.

The move also supports the achievement of specific aid effectiveness milestones as set out in the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan for 2016-2025.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update September 21, 2017)

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