More girls and boys, especially those experiencing disadvantage, complete good quality basic education, achieving literacy, numeracy and other relevant life skills. 

Lao PDR has made good progress in improving access to primary education over the past decade, reaching a primary enrolment rate of 98.8 percent in 2015-2016. Despite this achievement, high rates of dropout, poor school facilities and lack of teaching and learning resources are limiting education outcomes.

What is BEQUAL?

Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) is a ten-year program led by the Governments of Lao PDR and Australia, with support from the European Union. The Phase I (2015-2019) budget amounts to AUD 82 million. BEQUAL will help an estimated 450,000 children receive a better quality education, with a particular focus on children that traditionally experience poorer education outcomes — girls, students with disabilities and children from the more remote communities.

What will BEQUAL support?

BEQUAL will support the 66 most educationally disadvantaged districts in Lao PDR by training teachers from remote villages, developing new methods for teaching Lao language, building new classrooms and providing sanitation facilities. It will also help to strengthen the national education system through support to revise the national primary curriculum, with textbooks for every school in Lao PDR, and building capacity across the central, provincial and district levels.

Who will BEQUAL work with?

BEQUAL is led by the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Australian Embassy, supported by BEQUAL technical staff at the central and sub-nationals levels. BEQUAL also draws on the expertise of UNICEF, the World Food Program and a consortium of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).