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Improving school facilities to ensure children are safe, comfortable and able to learn.

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Introduction to CBC in Salavan Province

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New school building in a poorest district in Oudomxay Province

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Student teachers enjoy new water system at Luang Namtha Teacher Training College

BEQUAL is supporting quality education by rehabilitating or constructing additional classrooms and water and sanitation facilities, including schools where ethnic teachers will be once they are trained. This aligns to Ministry of Education and Sports’ priorities associated with converting “incomplete” to “complete” schools. It also responds to insufficient and inadequate facilities that can increase gender inequity and broader non-participation. BEQUAL’s aim is to ensure teachers and children in remote and disadvantaged communities are accommodated in schools and classrooms that are safe, hygienic, inclusive and well-equipped.

To achieve this, main activities include:

  • Rehabilitation or construction of classrooms and essential furniture (desks, stools, chairs, storage cupboards) as well as blackboards.
  • Support to school water and sanitation facilities, which contribute to health and hygiene objectives, as well as promote access and equity. For this WASH component, consultations and advice is from UNICEF.

Year 1 priorities focused on rehabilitating or repairing 389 schools which were classified as in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs.  Repairs are undertaken using a community-based contracting (CBC) model whereby the school manages the works using community labour supervised by BEQUAL engineers rather than contractors.  Prior to commencement of remedial works, 18 Lao national Infrastructure Technical Supervisors were recruited by BEQUAL to survey, train and supervise those construction works. BEQUAL also organised 5 training workshops on financial, technical and environmental aspects of CBC for over 4,000 community members and 65 national and sub-national staff of the Ministry of Education and Sports. Additional professional support is being provided to the Education Construction and Design Management unit within the Ministry, particularly in the revision of school operations and maintenance manuals.

Infrastructure priorities will now focus on:

  • Scoping and development of a work program for rehabilitating schools where the graduates of the ethnic teacher scholarship will be placed in 2018 and 2019. 
  • Further developing and using the COSMOS data base management system to interactively manage and monitor repairs and rehabilitation practices across the nation.
  • Repairs to the Teacher Training Colleges in Luang Namtha, Savannakhet and Saravan.