A new approach to learning in Lao PDR

Today is International Day of Education – a day to celebrate, reflect and recognise the importance of learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace #EducationDay.Getting the basics right is a fundamental step in delivering quality education, and last year more than 162,000 students in 18 provinces across Lao PDR started the school-year with a brand-new Grade 1 curriculum..The new Grade 1 curriculum is the first step in an improved national primary curriculum developed and implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports, with support from the Australian Government, the European Union and the United States Government through the Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao program, managed by Coffey.Designing and establishing a new curriculum is an enormous task and today on International Day of Education we’d like to acknowledge everyone who made the Grade 1 curriculum implantation such a success. Over the past year teams across the country have:

  • Developed, produced and disseminated more than 856,000 textbooks for 4 subjects and 146,000 teacher guides for 7 subjects,
  • Created 9,105 teacher resource packs
  • Trained 9,662 Grade 1 teachers and 6,300 primary principals.

The BEQUAL team also created the innovative television program ‘Learn Together’. ‘Learn Together’ consists of 15 episodes which are broadcast across two national television channels and YouTube. It features story telling to help children prepare for the new curriculum, using clay animation. You can watch the program on the Learn Together YouTube channel.

Learn more about this exciting project at BEQUAL. Click to download Curriculum Infographic and congratulations to everyone involved!


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