First positive results of the new Grade 1 curriculum implementation reported by districts from six provinces
98% of the Grade 1 students observed in over 1,900 primary schools were learning with the new set of textbooks.
For the BEQUAL team, Earth Day is every day!
Last year, Coffey’s BEQUAL team in Laos decided to minimize its negative impact on the environment and to take action against single plastic use in the workplace.
How will you help make a difference? #BalanceforBetter
As part of International Women Day celebrations, Coffey’s Laos project teams hosted a lunch presentation to hear the stories of two inspiring individuals who take action for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
Capacity Development Training for the 611 provincial trainers who will train the Grade 1 teachers on the new curriculum
Provincial Trainers from all eighteen provinces are participating in a week of Capacity Development Training to build their skills and knowledge on facilitation and effective training.
BEQUAL participating in a friendship football match with its counterparts
Last week, the Ministry of Education and Sports (Department of Planning) and the BEQUAL program team enjoyed a friendly football match with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (Department of International Cooperation) team.
Interview – Ms Chankham Lorvanku, provincial trainer gave us her first impressions on the new teacher training and the new grade 1 curriculum
Last month, a group of nine Master and Provincial trainers trialled the curriculum and materials they will use in July to train all Grade 1 teachers on the new curriculum. Let’s hear their opinion. Today, Ms Chankham.
Interview – Mr Meungkham Keophouvong, Master Trainer shares his view on the new Grade 1 curriculum
Last month, a group of nine Master and Provincial trainers trialled the curriculum and materials they will use in July to train all Grade 1 teachers on the new curriculum. Let’s hear their opinion. Today, Mr Meungkham.
Trialling the “Grade 1 Curriculum Training for Teachers”
In July 2019, more than 16,000 Grade 1 primary teachers, principals and pedagogical advisors will be trained how to use the new Grade 1 curriculum in the classrooms. A joint Ministry of Education and Sports and BEQUAL teacher education team has just trialled the training materials.
First week of training for Master Trainers who will support the implementation of the new primary curriculum
Master Trainers from the Ministry of Education and Sports central level and all eighteen provinces participated in the first week of Master Trainers Capacity Development Training to build their relevant skills and knowledge to enable them to be effective trainers.
Ministry of Education and Sports, Australia and the European Union set directions for the Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR program for the next two years
The Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) Program Steering Committee has officially endorsed the implementation plan 2018-2020 highlighting key program activities to improve primary education in Lao PDR such as the development and the implementation of the new improved primary curriculum.
New Grade 1 textbooks and teacher guides to be approved by CACIM (Committee for Approval of Curriculum and Instructional Materials)
In September 2019, all grade 1 primary students will start the school year with a new improved curriculum and new educational materials.
Supporting children with disabilities to attend school – Celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities 2018
Read the story of positive change and brighting future of Yai, a girl with physical impairment who received support from BEQUAL empowering her to attend primary school like other children in her village.
Plan International and implementing partners, in support of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES), held a successful two-day (12-13th November 2018) education symposium to share best practices and identify avenues for future scale and sustainability of key interventions to improve learning outcomes in early grade education.
Handover Ceremony of World Vision (BEQUAL NGO Consortium) Project in Khammouane province
World Vision completed the implementation of educational activities under the BEQUAL NGO consortium (BNC) in two districts in Khammouane and handed over the project to the Khammouane Provincial Education and Sports Services.
Provinces and Teacher Training Colleges (TTC) getting ready for the implementation of the new primary curriculum
Senior leadership from the eighteen Provincial Education and Sports Services and the eight Teacher Training Colleges will gather in Vientiane from 30th October for a high-level briefing on the new National primary curriculum development and implementation, as well as the selection of the teacher training teams.
Celebrating Global Handwashing Day
Did you know that handwashing with soap could reduce the incidence of diarrhoea by 47% and respiratory diseases by 23%? Today is Global Handwashing day and we are sharing the fabulous work done by the Ministry curriculum team and the BEQUAL advisors to promote hygiene and handwashing with soap amongst the young primary students.
International Day of the Girl
Today is the International Day of the Girl and we would like to share some inspiring words from young Hmong girls from Xiangkhouang Province who are studying hard to get a better future.
Celebrating Teachers’ Day – Meet our inspiring teachers.
Teachers are passionate people who want to make a difference in shaping young people’s lives and building with them a brighter future. In recognition of Teachers’ day, let’s give them a voice and hear their stories.
Celebrating World Literacy Day and the work of Lao Language curriculum writers
The primary curriculum writers at Research Institute for Educational Science are finalising new textbooks and teacher guides to improve literacy learning of all primary students in Lao PDR.
Applications are open to be part of the new in-service teacher training team!
Ministry of Education and Sports staff from national and sub-national levels have an opportunity to apply to become one of the future Master Trainer or Provincial Trainer Teams until 12th October. A unique opportunity to support in-service teachers and the new primary curriculum!
Supporting primary education in rural locations with local teachers
212 student teachers from rural and remote communities have just completed their studies at Teacher Training Colleges and will be deployed to their home communities soon. These new teachers’ understanding of the language and culture of their communities will enable more children to learn and stay in school.
Equipping future primary school teachers with WASH and first aid skills
BEQUAL-supported graduate student teachers at Luang Namtha Teacher Training College recently participated in a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and First Aid workshop that will enable them to understand and prevent risks to primary school students.
Curriculum writers collecting last comments to improve the revised Grade 1 and 2 textbooks and teacher guides
The Research Institute for Educational Sciences organized a series of workshops in June with teachers, school directors and district and provincial based staff from the pilot schools who have been testing the revised grade 1 and 2 curriculum. Their feedback will inform the development of the final versions of the grade 1 and 2 materials.
Australia and European Union Visit Northern Lao PDR in Support of Education
Australian Embassy officials, with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the European Union, were delighted to visit education activities in Luang Namtha and Oudomxay this week. The delegation discussed education challenges, visited the teacher training college, and saw teaching and learning and reading promotion activities at remote schools. The joint visit highlighted the strong partnership between Australia, the EU and the Lao Government in supporting quality education to children in the most disadvantaged communities.
Celebrating World Book Day – The story of Nou and Howa
In celebration of World Book Day, BEQUAL would like to shine the spotlight on two very dedicated caregivers from a remote Hmong village. Let’s read the story of Nou and Howa and discover how they created a reading corner for their children in their house.
Drama performances by young students promotes reading in rural communities
Theatre for Development is the innovative approach taken by the BEQUAL NGO Consortium to promote literacy and reading in Oudomxay Province. In celebration of World Theatre Day on 27 March, Australia and the European Union would like to shine the spotlight on this successful initiative.
Celebrating International Women’s Day – Meet Mrs Sengngeune Wayakone, a genuine advocate for gender equality in Lao PDR
Meet Mrs Sengngeune Wayakone, a woman with strong opinions on gender equality and discover how education could play an important role in girls’ empowerment.
Celebrating International Women’s Day: Meet Mrs. Kaenkham Yang, our inspiring community education supporter
Read the story of Kaenkham Yang, a motivated and highly committed Hmong woman who advocates for education for all and works tirelessly as a volunteer hoping to make significant and lasting change in her community.
Australian Ambassador Visits Savannakhet Province
Last week, Ambassador Jean-Bernard Carrasco, was delighted to see Australia’s and the European Union’s support to education development in Savannakhet through BEQUAL, a program led by the Government of Laos. The program is helping disadvantaged children to access quality education. His trip culminated with the inauguration of the students’ facilities at the Teacher Training College and the ground-breaking ceremony of school construction for the province.
A journey to remote primary schools in Lao PDR
Read the story of positive change and hope revealed by Lauren Kana Chan, the European Union blogger who visited BEQUAL activities in Houaphan Province.
Celebrating World NGO Day
The BEQUAL Program is proud to work with NGOs namely Plan International, World Vision, Save the Children and ChildFund Laos since 2015 as BEQUAL NGOs Consortium (BNC). The BNC is working to deliver activities that ensure all children, particularly girls and children with disabilities, in target schools in remote and rural locations, enrol in and complete a quality primary education, supported by their parents and communities.
Video on BEQUAL initiative to support school access just released
Hear the stories of young Noung Gu Lhao, Jue Lee, and Por Ju and discover how they found the way back to school thanks to the BEQUAL NGO Consortium small grants program and the participation of their community.
Message from the Australian Embassy Education Team
On behalf of the Australian Embassy Education Team I would like to thank the Ministry of Education and Sports, the European Union and all of BEQUAL’s implementing partners for the strong collaboration on BEQUAL over the past two years.
Message from BEQUAL TEAM
BEQUAL is quite a unique program, as it is very much a collaborative educational initiative aligned to the Ministry of Education and Sports’ (MoES) 2016–20 Education Sector Development Plan.
Lao women’s voices
To celebrate the contribution of women in Lao PDR, BEQUAL interviewed women involved in education and the BEQUAL program. We gathered their views and opinions on the challenges faced by women and how education could help. Several interviews were broadcasted on the Lao National Radio in March ahead of International Women’s Day.
First steps towards a strengthened primary teacher training curriculum
For the first time in donor history in Laos, a single program has been tasked with revising both the national primary curriculum, which will be taught in all classrooms across the country and the primary teacher education curriculum which will be used to train future teachers.
Story from the field – A monitoring visit in Sepone District
Grade 1 classes in Kengkham, Oudomsouk, Kadap, Nahouanam and Nalouang schools were among 25 primary schools selected nationwide to trial new textbooks and teacher guides during the 2016-17 school year as part of the revision of the national primary curriculum. The new curriculum promotes an active learning approach to primary school teaching.
What is the level of literacy and numeracy of grade 3 students in Laos?
In the first two weeks of May, the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (ASLO) tested 17,535 Grade 3 students on their Lao language skills and basic mathematic ability. The logistics were impressive with a team of 456 enumerators from Research Institute for Educational Sciences (RIES), different departments from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Provincial Education and Sports Services and District Education and Sports Bureau travelling to 1,305 primary schools across the country.
Community action for reading promotion
Lao PDR has made great progress in increasing access to education over the past decade. However, in many remote and disadvantaged communities, a lack of teaching and learning resources and high rates of dropout are undermining education outcomes, particularly literacy.
Xiangkhouang revisiting Lao Language teaching for Primary school students
Xiangkhouang province, famous for its enigmatic giant stone megaliths known as the Plain of Jars, conceals another precious treasure, its cultural diversity. With eight sub-ethnic groups, this diversity translates into a variety of languages and dialects. Indeed, nearly half of the population is either Hmong or Khmu speaking.
Better school facilities for a better learning
It’s difficult to study when rain is blowing on your book through the planks of the classroom wall or when there are not enough tables to write on. How can you go to school when you are in a wheelchair and there are only stairs leading up to the classroom? And how can you stay healthy at school when there is no toilet and no tap to wash your hands?
Giving access to school to all children – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Children with disabilities experience many barriers to their full inclusion in society. Getting access to education can be very challenging for children with disabilities. Read the story of Por Ju, Lar Lee, and Nak and how they are now able to participate in learning activities like the other children thanks to the support of the BEQUAL NGO Consortium.
World Toilet Day – 19th November
How can a student stay healthy when their school lacks a toilet? On November 19th, we will be celebrating World Toilet Day. Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) recognizes the importance of having proper water and sanitation facilities at school. Last year, 389 primary school toilets in remote areas were renovated or built to make healthier, more supportive learning environments for children.
Field visit in Central and Southern Provinces
Officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Planning and Investment, Australian Embassy and European Union, took part in a joint BEQUAL field visit in Central and Southern Provinces of Lao during 23-27 October 2017.
Celebrating Global Handwashing Day!
The BEQUAL NGO Consortium recognizes the importance of handwashing activities in increasing school attendance and participation. Through the construction of handwashing stations in primary schools and the training of primary teachers and students on proper handwashing techniques with soap, BEQUAL plays a part in helping to prevent disease among children. Students stay healthy and fit to learn.
Celebrating our teachers!
Teachers play a vital role in shaping the future of the next generation and the development of Lao PDR. The BEQUAL program is proud to support teachers in Laos by working with the Ministry of Education and Sports to improve training and professional development of teachers, as well as the teaching and learning materials available to teachers.
Student teachers enjoying new WASH Facilities at their Training College
The BEQUAL infrastructure team has just completed water supply rehabilitation works at Saravan and Luang Namtha Teacher Training Colleges. Student teachers, including BEQUAL ethnic student teachers can now safely use the new water facilities.
Happy World Literacy Day!
This year marks the 51st anniversary of World Literacy Day. Australia and the European Union recognise the importance of literacy and are proud to give children across Laos better access to reading materials through BEQUAL.