Unfortunately, this is not the case for many children in Laos.
While there are significant efforts to improve the quality of education in Laos, serious problems persist, including an insufficient number of qualified teachers, deficient school infrastructure and low student enrollment. These problems are visible in Vang Vieng, a small community where the growing tourist market is demanding skills such as English speaking ability. The failure to communicate with foreign travelers is the most significant obstacle for locals in search of decent jobs in the tourism sector.
The education project connects resource-poor schools in Vang Vieng with volunteers so that the students can obtain valuable English language skills. Additionally, volunteers bring new ideas and perspectives that promote cross-cultural understanding.
It is the responsibility of local communities in Laos to build and maintain their school.Budgets for school infrastructure are inadequate for many communities.The result is that many children do not have a school, it is still unsuitable or difficult to reach.Let Laos Learn helps these communities with the development of their school.
EXTRA CLASSROOMS FOR THE PRIMARY SCHOOL IN KEO KUANG
Our project in Primary School project in Keo Kuang is successful (construction finished 2013). Early school leave dropped dramatically. Therefore the primary school was not big enough anymore and we decided to build 2 extra classrooms.
Timeline: project finished 2017
Classrooms : 2
Project cost: 60 million Kip (7,500 USD / 6,700 EURO)
LOWER PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR HUAY NGAM YEN
In the past there was no suitable infrastructure in Huay Ngam Yen to organize quality and healthy education for the smallest children. After request by the Department of Education and the villagers of Huay Ngam Yen, we have sponsored the construction of 3 classrooms to organize Primary Education for grade 1-3
Timeline: project finished 2016
Project cost: 138 million Kip (16,847 USD / 15,857 EURO)
SECONDARY SCHOOL & TOILETS FOR ALL SCHOOLS IN KEO KUANG
In the past, Secondary education was not available for all youth in the Keo Kuang area. If they wanted to follow Secondary education, they would have had to travel 12km on dusty roads through mountainous terrain. Due to a lack of sufficient transportation and without relatives living close to the existing high school, the children did not have access to education. Girls were particularly disadvantaged and only a few boys from financially capable families were able to attend school. Toilets for students where not available resulting in an unsanitarysituation
Timeline: project finished 2015
Classrooms secondary: 8
Toilets: 6 (2 x3)
Water distance: 1 km
Project cost: 350 million Kip (35,000 USD / 30,000 EURO)
PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR KEO KUANG
Volunteer coördinators Ket and Ward came in contact with the current village Keo Kuang in 2011, by organizing Participatory Strategic Planning meetings to learn about the local education and community situation. In total, 70 villagers attended the meetings, of which 60% were women. The Participatory Strategic Planning meetings determined that replacing the Primary school was the most essential need for the extended Keo Kuang community.
Timeline: Project finished 2013
Total project cost: 250 million Kip (31,250 USD / 25,000 EURO)
PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR PHOUDINDAENG
The smallest children in Phoudindaeng all had to go to school in a further village. Children of different ethnic groups did not go to school. This meant that many children did not get to know the Lao language, with consequences for the future. Thanks to the construction of this school, the children who were previously kept at home can now walk to their own village school.
Timeline: project finished 2010
Project cost: 180 million Kip (21,268 USD / 18,000 EURO)
PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR PHONPENG
At the request of the residents of Phonpeng, three new classrooms were built in the local primary school.The old rooms had a dirth floor, almost no windows and a leaking roof.This means that many children suffer from health problems.
Timeline: project finished 2008
Project cost: 145 million Kip (16,542 USD / 14,000 EURO)