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.


Australia recently conducted a mid-term review of BEQUAL to reflect on progress and lessons learned from the first two years. Interim findings highlight the significant work that has already been undertaken and identify opportunities to ensure our joint efforts continue to reach the most educationally disadvantaged children.

After three fantastic years in Laos I will shortly be returning to Canberra to take up a new role. It has been a privilege to be part of the BEQUAL program and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such knowledgeable and committed education sector stakeholders. I have also been fortunate to have worked with an outstanding team who I would like to briefly introduce to you:

Bounmy is passionate about community development. She focuses on inclusion, participation and access, and is the contact point for the BEQUAL Education Innovation Fund and the BEQUAL NGO Consortium.She is also the disability focal point across the Australian Embassy’s development cooperation program.

Davone has a Master of Educational Management from Australia and has quickly become an important member of the team since joining last December. She is focusing on primary curriculum development, education sector coordination and supporting Australia’s role as co-coordinator of the Global Partnership for Education in Laos.

Phonethida supports BEQUAL’s ambitious agenda to improve the quality of teachers. She completed a Master of Educational Management in Australia and loves engaging with a range of education partners.

Sounisa awakened her passion for rural education during her studies in Australia for her Master in Educational Management. She is responsible for capacity development, District Operational Grants, program management and Monitoring and Evaluation aspects of the BEQUAL program.

Kaykhoun manages school infrastructure, governance and public financial management related activities under the BEQUAL program, in addition to managing the WASH and School Meals Program with the World Food Program and UNICEF.

I believe BEQUAL has the potential to make a real difference to education outcomes in Laos and am excited about the opportunities in the years to come.

I wish you all success, health and happiness.

Clemency Oliphant

First Secretary (2014-2017)