The new Grade 1 curriculum will be taught in every primary school starting this September. It represents a major change for teachers and students, adopting new pedagogical approaches. The new teaching approach focuses on active learning, which means that the students will learn by experimenting, getting actively engaged, and applying their new knowledge in inclusive classrooms.
Providing well planned, quality in-service teacher training is critical to the success of this new primary curriculum. Teachers need to be equipped with the necessary skills and the practical knowledge to effectively use the new teaching and learning materials in their classroom, and ultimately to improve student learning outcomes.
The Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) is a ten-year program led by the Lao Government, with support from the Australian Government and the European Union. BEQUAL is supporting the Provincial Education and Sport Services with a grant to conduct the in-service training workshop for training more than 16,700 participants. 483 in-service teacher training workshops are being organised
been deployed nationwide to deliver the face to face workshops. The first training have started in the first week of July 2019 in Luang Prabang, Vientiane Province, Savannakhet and Champassack.
Each training session lasts six days. Teachers, principals and PAs are receiving training on relevant skills and methodologies that they can apply across all subjects, with subject content and resources (Textbooks and Teacher Guides) being used to practice these skills. Participants will be orientated on the new curriculum materials and have the opportunity to explore, try out and reflect on different classroom activities built around active learning. The training will also give participants the opportunity to learn about the new assessment system built into the curriculum. Each participant receives a handbook full of engaging, learner-centred activities
Providing the right preparation and support for teachers to understand the new Grade 1 curriculum approach and materials is a crucial part of supporting positive changes in the primary classroom and ultimately improving student learning outcomes.