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.
- 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.