Ministry of Education and Sports, Australia and European Union gearing up for start of next school year
Australia and European Union continues to support the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) with grade by grade curriculum development and delivery during COVID crisis
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.
New TV teaching-learning program to support primary students during the COVID-19 crisis
The Ministry of Education and Sports immediately launched a new TV/radio teaching program covering the key primary subjects in response to the schools’ closure
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.
New teaching and learning resources for Grade 2 classes
The packing of 9365 Grade 2 teacher resource boxes was finished right in time before the Prime Minister’s order 06 came into effect. The trucks are scheduled to depart after the PiMai holidays to deliver to 148 DESBs for every school in the country.
New training videos released on the “ວິດີໂອສໍາລັບການພັດທະນາຄູ Teacher Development Videos” YouTube Channel
The new videos on the core Lao Language techniques of the new Grade 1 curriculum and on professional development activities
New Physical Education curriculum – Grade 3 students will practice yoga at school
Teaching yoga have many benefits; it will help improves students’ behaviour, physical health and academic performance.
Do you remember your first poem? The first books you were able to read by yourself?
Follow the adventures of your favorite heroes and discover a beautiful poem on a special garden in this new episode of Learn Together.
Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and Australia celebrating International Women’s Day with three primary teachers from Luang Namtha remote highlands.
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day and promote the importance of education than meeting 3 inspirational women teachers and providing them with the opportunity to learn about the supply chain of the new Grade 2 learning materials in a refurbished Ministry’s Km3 warehouse.
Preparing engaging and active lessons for primary students – A new approach to teaching and learning
Primary Curriculum Writers attended a three-day professional development workshop to strengthen their active teaching and learning curriculum writing skills
Have you ever had an argument with your best friend? How did you resolve it? And what about recess? Are you playing with you friends or do you wander alone not knowing what to do? Follow the adventures of your favorite heroes and learn about being a good friend!
First national “Symposium on Multi-Grade Teaching and Learning” hosted by the Research Institute for Educational Sciences on January 23, 2020
In preparation for the implementation of the new Grade 2 curriculum and commencement of Grade 3 writing, education stakeholders convene to discuss how to address multigrade teaching in primary school
First impressions from teachers and trainers who piloted the new Grade 2 curriculum orientation training
Last month, a group of 3 Master Trainers and 25 Grade 2 teachers participated in the trial of the Grade 2 curriculum orientation training to learn about and test the new Grade 2 teaching and learning resources that will be used nationwide starting next school year
New training videos released on the ວິດີໂອສໍາລັບການພັດທະນາຄູ Teacher Development Videos YouTube Channel
The new videos focus on the core Lao Language techniques of the new Grade 1 curriculum
BEQUAL Education Innovation Fund (BEIF) Learning Workshop
Actors from the education sector are convening today to discuss results, learnings and next steps from fifteen innovative pilot projects
“Pre-service Curriculum Development workshop – Assessment” from 9 to 13 December 2019
In September 2019, the training of all Year 1 teacher trainees in the 8 Teacher Training Colleges started with the new pre-service curriculum. As the end of the first semester approaches, the pre-service curriculum development teams are preparing for the new end of Semester 1 assessment to evaluate teacher-trainees’ understanding, knowledge and skills after this first period of teacher training.
A new Spoken Lao Program for non-Lao speaking Grade 1 students being piloted in 4 provinces
During the last 2 weeks, a selection of Grade 1 students underwent an “Early Grade Lao Language Assessment” (EGLA) test that will serve as a baseline reference for the pilot.
Pre-service Curriculum Revision and Development Workshop, Diploma degree from 11th to 15th November 2019 at ICT Building, MOES
An iterative process of curriculum development to allow on-going learning and continuous improvement
World Toilet Day 2019 – Leave no one Behind!
How can a student stay healthy when their school lacks a toilet? Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrhoeal deaths in the world every year and is a major factor for diseases such as intestinal worms.
New Grade 2 textbooks and teacher guides to be approved for school year 2020-21
As Grade 1 students have just started the school-year with the new curriculum, the Committee for Approval of Curriculum and Instructional Materials (CACIM) is meeting this week to approve the Grade 2 materials.
Preparing the training teams for the new Grade 2 curriculum
In July and August, a team of nearly 700 Master and Provincial Trainers trained every Grade 1 teacher, primary principal and pedagogical advisor in the country. The Department of Teacher Education is now organising a two-days’ workshop to share the lessons learned and to review the training teams in preparation for the training of Grade 2 curriculum training to be implemented next year.
Australia supports more Lao children in remote areas get to better access to education
Vientiane – Australia in partnership with the European Union, through the Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) Program, and the Ministry of Education and Sports have completed construction of new classrooms and provided water and sanitation facilities in 582 schools in nine provinces.
Districts getting ready to intensify through-semester support to help Grade 1 teachers applying the new curriculum.
32 target districts attending a series of 5-day Primary Curriculum Implementation Support Workshops from 16th to 27th September.
Celebrating Literacy Day – Focus on the new Spoken Lao Pilot Program to support the development of literacy for non-Lao speaking students.
A program to help non-Lao native speakers with spoken Lao Language will be piloted in Grade 1 classes in four provinces in Lao PDR during the 2019-20 school- year
News Scoop on the new primary curriculum and Learn Together, the new TV educational program
Watch the exclusive reportage from IMC that was broadcasted on Tuesday 27th August on Lao Channel 1
Early results from monitoring the new Grade 1 in-service teacher training
Since July, all Lao Grade 1 teachers, Primary School Principals, and pedagogical advisors nationwide are being trained on the new Grade 1 curriculum; monitoring teams have been deployed across all districts to observe and provide support and feedback.
This Sunday 11th August don’t miss the first episode of Learn Together, the new exciting edutainment series 100% made in Laos!
Learn Together is a fun and innovative educational TV program specially designed to support the learning of Grade 1 Lao children.
All new Grade 1 materials delivered at the districts!
Districts will now liaise with the primary schools to distribute the new materials to all Grade 1 classes before the start of the new school year.
Science and environment curriculum writers reflect on the teaching of scientific skills in primary classes.
While the delivery of the new Grade 1 textbooks is underway, the curriculum writers are continuing to develop the curriculum for the next four primary grades. The Research Institute for Educational Sciences in collaboration with the BEQUAL technical advisers has recently reviewed the contents, scientific skills, and designed textbooks and teacher guides mapping Science and Environment for continuity in the content across Grades 1-5.
Handover ceremony for 122 student teachers from remote communities
122 local student teachers just completed their studies at Teacher Training Colleges. They will join the 209 local teachers who graduated last year and are already deployed and teaching in their remote communities!
National training of teachers for the new Grade 1 curriculum training has begun
Prior to the beginning of the new school year, more than 16,700 Grade 1 teachers, primary school principals and pedagogical advisors are being trained nationwide during July and August on new teaching practices and how to use the new Grade 1 curriculum materials.
Deliveries of new Grade 1 materials completed for seven provinces!
All the districts in Savannakhet, Luang Prabang, Phongsaly, Oudomxai, Bokeo, Xekong and Attapeu provinces have received the new Grade 1 materials to be distributed to public primary schools.
Teachers to receive training for new national curriculum
Teacher of Grade 1 in primary schools across Laos will be trained to teach the new national primary school curriculum, Article written by Keoviengkhone Bounviseth, Vientimes Times Home news
First deliveries of new Grade 1 materials arriving in the districts!
Nga district (Oudomxay Province), Nalae district (Luang Namtha Province) and Met district (Vientiane Province) were the first three districts to receive the new Grade 1 materials on 13th and 14th of June.
Vice-minister of Education and Sports announced the official launch of the new national primary curriculum, starting with Grade 1 in September 2019
H.E. Associate Professor Dr Kongsy Sengmany, Vice-minister of Education and Sports of Lao PDR officially announced the launch of the new National Primary Curriculum, with Grade 1 commencing in September 2019
Filming crew in the Lao primary schools to produce Teacher Development videos
The production of a series of short videos to help primary teachers use the new curriculum and active learning techniques has just started.
Launch of the in-service training for the new Grade 1 curriculum
In September 2019, all Grade 1 students will start the school-year with a new improved curriculum. The massive series of trainings needed to get all Grade 1 teachers equipped with the skills and techniques needed to implement the new curriculum in their classroom has just started.
New animation series to support learning by Grade 1 children
On May 3rd, Vientiane Times interviewed Katie Smith, The First Secretary of the Australian Embassy to Laos and Souliya Phoumivong, Director of Clay House Studio , on the Learn Together” Article written by Visith Teppalath
Last teachers’ consultation on the new Grade 2 curriculum
The Research Institute for Educational Sciences (RIES) undertook a 2-day consultation on 2nd & 3rd of April with Grade 2 teachers, Pedagogical Advisors and representatives from the provincial and district educational offices in four provinces to support the revision of the new Grade 2 textbooks and teacher guides.
Approval of the in-service training materials for new Grade 1 curriculum
In July 2019, more than 16,000 Grade 1 teachers, primary principals and pedagogical advisors will start their training on the new Grade 1 curriculum. The training and self-study materials are now being finalised and approved
New video on the Teacher Training scholarship programme
Get inspired by Boualy and Sokhong, third-year students at the Teacher Training College. Their dream is to provide a better education and a brighter future to the young children of their remote rural villages.
Provinces begin preparations to support the implementation of the new Grade 1 curriculum
During March, nearly 100 key staff from 18 PESSs and 8 TTCs are participating in a series of four-day “Primary Curriculum Implementation Planning” workshops across the country to build their skills in planning and budgeting for orienting teachers, principals and Pedagogical Advisors to the new improved Grade 1 curriculum.
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.
Interview of Mr Souliya Phoumivong, founder of edutainment programs in Lao PDR
Get to know Mr Souliya Phoummivong, an inspired artist and producer of educational programs for young children in Lao PDR. He will share his passion and reveal his new project, Learn Together, developed to support the new Grade 1 curriculum.
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.
CACIM meeting featured on Lao National TV
The Committee for Approval of Curriculum and Instructional Materials met early December 2018 to review the new Grade 1 teaching and learning materials. The journalists were there.
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.
Behind the scenes of Learn Together
Happy International Children’s Day!
To celebrate Children’s Day this year, we will bring you behind the scenes of Learn Together, the new educational animation films that will be screened on Lao National TV Channel 3 and Lao Star TV from June 10thon. Australia and the European Union are proud to support this project to encourage more children to develop a love of learning and reach their full potential.
New primary curriculum to be rolled out starting in September 2019
Since 2015, the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) has been in the process of revising the Lao PDR national primary curriculum, and developing new textbooks, teacher guides and other resources for the schools.
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.