Almost 70 representatives from the government, development partners and civil society attended a Results Presentation Workshop for a previously conducted country-wide-study on the situation and aspirations of Lao Youth.
The workshop was held yesterday under the presidency of Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Education and Sports Ms Keomany Sysaikeo, and GIZ Country Director to Laos Mr Ernst Hustaedt.
The data collected for the study involved 1,200 interviews with Lao youth, aged between 10 and 24, which were carried out in late 2015 in all provinces of the country in representative samples.
The topics covered involved their current education status and work experience, aspirations for future education, their value orientation including role models, general expectations and perspectives for the future, and aspirations to migrate for work or study opportunities. Some other topics like their knowledge about ASEAN or development projects were covered as well.
Altogether, the results of the study show that Lao exhibits a high potential in its young generation, who are very eager to improve their educational level and advance to better job opportunities.
Participants learnt about the findings of the study and discussed how they could be applied to their own field of work.
The objectives of the study were to generate a solid base of evidence that can be used for policy development and decision making, as well as better planning.
The Lao government has set the ambitious target of changing the country’s development status by 2020. To achieve this target, the government wants to invest in the youth of Laos so that they can reach their potential, meet the expectations they have for themselves both now and in the future, according to the Ms Keomany.
The study was funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of the European Union’s Joint Programming Approach to development cooperation in Laos.
Source: Lao News Agency