January 9, 2018

Ministry’s plans aim to raise education standards

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- Teaching diplomas to be upgraded to bachelor degrees
Authorities plan to close one-to-three year higher diploma courses in favour of four-year bachelor degrees at teacher training colleges in an effort to upgrade the standard of education. The course closures are aimed at improving the capacity and knowledge of teachers at primary schools, in a bid to enhance overall teaching quality. .. More >>>

- Nam Ngum reservoir plan seeking to shore up investors
Vientiane province’s Department of Planning and Investment is still seeking developers for the “Five Zones” project around the Nam Ngum reservoir, for which the first plan was drafted in 2015. An official involved with the project, Mr Ounheung Voravong, said yesterday the department has finished its final plan to turn the reservoir in Keo Oudom district .. More >>>

- 800 billion kip declared lost to PS Lao Enterprise
More than 30,000 people have declared that they deposited a combined 800 billion kip with PS Lao Enterprise after the company unlawfully solicited money from them, authorities said yesterday. The declaration was made after a task force committee, established by the government to deal with the case, issued an announcement asking victims to declare their losses.
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- Ministry’s plans aim to raise education standards
The Ministry of Education and Sports has drawn up a strategy with a strong focus on improving the quality of teaching and school buildings, as well as building student dormitories in poor areas around the country. The plan also includes providing educational supplies for rural students, installing computers, and creating science laboratories. .. More >>>

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- Xayaboury showcases top crop at rice festival
Phieng district, Xayaboury province: Provincial authorities are putting the finishing touches to the annual Great Rice Stack Festival (Boun Kong Khao Yai) as part of Visit Laos Year 2018 activities while also seeking to raise the profile of local traditions. Deputy Governor of Phieng district Ms Sengaphone Keobuahom told Vientiane Times yesterday “We are holding the 8th rice festival with Visit Laos Year 2018 .. More >>>

- Private schools call for easing of regulations
While regulations covering private schools were updated in 2016, there have been calls for further improvements in response to public demand and to encourage investment in the sector. Private school operators welcomed many aspects of the government’s policy to encourage investment in education such as tax breaks and tax-free status for the first five years of operation but said other issues were holding back the sector. .. More >>>

- More students enroll in vocational programmes
Young people are increasingly interested in vocational training, with the number enrolled in programmes this academic year rising by 18 percent over last year.
Director General of the Technical and Vocational Education Department, Mr Nouphan Outsa, reported the increase at the recent 2017 Nationwide Meeting of Education and Sports Administrations... More >>>

- Save the Children gives boost to ethnic adolescents
The Lao Women’s Union and Save the Children International in Laos, with support from Save the Children Hong Kong, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support a programme for ethnic adolescents, especially girls... More >>>


Playing outdoor games could improve children’s eyesight
This is the era of technology and parents often buy smartphones for their children. But playing games on smartphones in places without adequate light could make the children vulnerable to short-sightedness.. . . More >>>


Fisherman recounts tale of changing fortunes
In the early morning when the sun is still hiding behind the hills and clouds, the Mekong is shrouded in mist so it’s not easy to see things on the river. But a small boat can be seen moving slowly along the riverbank, although it’s not immediately clear what the boatman’s intentions are... More >>>


Parents key to boosting children’s literacy
Ms Mone Xaylamphanh, a 27-year-old mother, believes the Literacy Boost activities run by Save the Children can help parents and caregivers to see the value of education and understand how they can play a part in their children’s education.. . . . More >>>


Lowly soldier becomes prominent businessman 
Working hard to overcome difficulties was the well of strength that enabled a Second Lieutenant to become a businessman and eventually a millionaire in Khammuan province...... More >>>

Arts & Culture

City pillar celebration serves to preserve Xekong’s traditions
The people of Xekong province joyfully took part in the Sao Lakmeuang festival over the weekend to celebrate their city pillar, an important event for them as it served to showcase their special traditions and lifestyle.. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Champassak family scales up income through fish farming

As her income from teaching was never enough to improve her family’s living standards, Ms Sengsavanh Synousit took to raising fish along the Mekong River to earn more money. .. . . More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>


Kuangxi waterfall: a must see when in Luang Prabang
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images
inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong... More >>>


Govt bolsters support for renewable energy
Investment in renewable energy is fully supported by the government to ensure power sustainability for domestic consumption as well as export to neighbouring countries..More >>>


Lao students selected for film studies in Tokyo
Lao artists and students from the National Institute of Fine Arts (NIFA) have been selected by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre to participate in the “...and Action! Asia04” exchange programme for students in film studies to be held in Tokyo next month... More >>>


The Year 2017 in Review
The year 2017 saw Laos make remarkable progress in national protection and development despite the global economic uncertainties. ..More >>>

World news

Nearly 300 immigrants rescued off Libyan coast
TRIPOLI (Xinhua) -- Libyan naval rescued 297 illegal immigrants on Sunday and recovered two bodies off the coast of the western city of Garrabulli, some 60 km east of the capital Tripoli...More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What do you know about Visit Laos Year 2018?
Many people in other Asian countries seem to be interested in visiting Laos, as the country rolls out its Visit Laos Year programme. Vientiane Times consulted a WeChat group for their thoughts on a trip to Laos... More >>>


LFF selects U-22 squad while eyeing future
The Lao Football Federation (LFF) is now assembling a squad of talented U-22 players to prepare for competition at major international tournaments over the next two years...More >>>

Dining Out

Guang Dong restaurant serves up true taste of dim sum
With the buzz of noisy Chinese conversation surrounding me, I could hear a soft question coming from a family sitting in front of me at a Chinese restaurant in central Vientiane.. ... . More >>>

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