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Project reviews progress of basic education

The steering committee of Basic Education Quality and Access in Laos programme (BEQUAL) met yesterday to review progress on the implementation of the project and discussed the BEQUAL plan 2017.

The programme seeks to address barriers to affective participation and ensured that all children, particularly non-Lao speakers, girls and children with disabilities, enroll in primary schools. The activities are aligned with and contribute to the 8th education sector development plan.

Progress on the implementa-tion of the agreement of the steering committee meeting for the BEQUAL programme took place in Vientiane yesterday. Minister of Education and Sports Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Australia's Ambassador to Laos, John Williams and the EU Ambassador Leo Faber were the chairs.

The meeting has reviewed the successful implementation of the programme, including providing Lao language teaching to non-Lao speaking ethnic students, delivering accelerated Lao language and school readiness courses and providing gender sensitive and inclusive supplementary reading materials. As part of these efforts, the project has supported the establishment of book banks in 171 schools nationwide.

Focusing on inclusion and non-discrimination, it has piloted an inclusive participation model in 22 schools for children with disabilities to enroll in and attend school with an aim to scale up and develop communication materials on gender and inclusion for schools and communities.

The programme also provided hygiene awareness to children and supported the home and community environment for education, by organising community-based reading festivals with children, parents and village education development committees and providing small grants to village education development committees to assess participation activities in 171 schools.

BEQUAL is a ten-year programme led by the Lao and Australia governments and the UN, as part of a programme by an NGO consortium comprising Plan, Child Fund, Save the Children and World Vision.

The programme seeks to support educational opportunities for disadvantaged children to complete quality basic education. BEQUAL targets 66 educationally disadvantaged districts across Laos and aims to ensure all girls and boys complete a full course of quality basic education, achieving literacy, numeracy and other life skills.

The NGO consortium under BEQUAL operates in six districts in the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Huaphan and Khammuan.

This year, BEQUAL will see ongoing collaboration with the NGO consortium and the Department of Pre and Primary Education to deliver initiatives that will provide enhanced literacy and numeracy, strengthen community participation in educational activities, enable more disabled students to access education, and mange water and sanitation programmes to improve health and hygiene standards in remote and disadvantaged communities.

The aim is to enhance the participation of disadvantaged students across 119 schools in six districts.

BEQUAL will provide training scholarships to ethnic teachers at the ministry's teacher training colleges. The programme expects that 70 percent of trainee teachers supported by BEQUAL will be female.

The programme will continue to improve and construct schools and teacher colleges and also develop the primary education curriculum and support human resource development.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 22,

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