Video on BEQUAL initiative to support school access just released
Hear the stories of young Noung Gu Lhao, Jue Lee, and Por Ju from Oudomxay Province 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.
Every year on 1 June we celebrate International Children’s Day. Like many countries, Lao celebrate Children’s Day through some traditional public activities like dancing, singing, drawing, playing games, exhibitions and in some places, combined with tree planting activity.
Video on Ethnic Student Teacher program just released
Meet Samy and Sokhong, two young ethnic students from Sing District in Northern Laos; their dream is to become primary teachers to provide a brighter future for their villages.
BEQUAL Education Innovation Fund
Due to the high level of interest shown by our government counterparts and NGO’s and NPA’s, 149 concept notes were received. Announcement for successful applicants will be delayed until May 12th 2017.
Australia and European Union extending their support to basic education in Houaphan Province.
Under the MoU signed today, ChildFund Laos will start to to implement the BEQUAL NGO Consortium Project Houaphan Province
Lao Women’s Voices: Mme Nuansy
“When women receive education… they will know how to protect themselves, how to access information; they will be able to develop themselves, their families and get a permanent job.”
Laos, Australia and European Union agree on annual work plan to improve basic education in Lao PDR
The Ministry of Education and Sports and BEQUAL program held their second Steering Committee in February to review the progress after nearly two years of implementation and endorse the Annual Plan for 2016-2017.
Basic Education Quality and Access Program underway in Khammouane province
World Vision Lao PDR signed on 27 February 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the BEQUAL NGO Consortium Project in Khammouane Province.
Ministry of Education and Sports pioneer in installing an extensive unified email system using Microsoft Exchange
The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) will be the first Ministry in Lao PDR to roll-out a robust and comprehensive email and data exchange platform, using a Microsoft Exchange architecture solution.
Save the Children signing MoU to implement BEQUAL NGO Consortium activities in Luang Prabang province
Under the MoU signed today, Save the Children will start to implement activities in Nambak District of Luang Prabang Province.
Improving learning environments for all children
With the support from BEQUAL, UNICEF is delivering water and sanitation to children living in remote and rural schools and communities of Lao PDR.
Homegrown teachers key to Laos education success
BEQUAL is supporting 520 ethnic student teachers, two-thirds of them women, by offering scholarships to undertake teacher training in order to become a teacher in their village primary school.
Ministry for Education and Sports delegation attends global conference in Sydney, Australia
The three-day global conference explored tools and research that strengthen education system policies and performance and promote learning for all.
Laos, Australia and the European Union working together to improve the education outcomes in Lao PDR
BEQUAL’s first Steering Committee meeting, held in February 2016, has endorsed a range of initiatives to improve education outcomes for children across Lao PDR.