Laos Room to Read has extended an additional 72 billion kip (over US$8.8 million) to support the Enhancing the Education of Lao Children project in Laos.
The fourth phase of the Enhancing the Education of Lao Children project began on July 1, 2016 in the provinces of Vientiane, Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Saravan, Savannakhet, and Champassak and will run through June 30, 2020.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Vientiane on December 27, 2016 between the Director General of the Department of External Relations of the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ms Chanthavone Phandamnong, and Country Director of Room to Read Laos, Ms Norkham Souphanouvong.
Training and on-going coaching will be provided to 132 primary school directors, 264 grade one and grade two teachers, and 132 librarians on effective teaching techniques on Lao language, library management and reading activities.
Another objective of the project is to create school environments that are conducive to learning. To this end, some 30 school buildings and libraries will be built with community participation.
Also planned are ongoing research, monitoring, and evaluation activities to ensure programme quality and improvements. Imported donated equipment such as computers, books and other educational materials will be use to support the Literacy Programme once or twice a year based on the donations received.
The project aims to continue to support about 1,695 secondary school girls at existing target schools in the provinces of Oudomxay, Xayaboury and Saravan until they complete upper secondary education or vocational education equivalency to upper secondary level education.
Some materials will be provided for participating girls who qualify under the project’s assessment criteria. In addition, the project will continue to support approximately 16 secondary school directors and 80 teachers with life skills, monitoring and mentoring techniques in the provinces of Oudomxay, Xayaboury and Saravan.
Source: Lao News Agency