Plan International is recognised as a leader in education and we are using our expertise in the sector to champion quality education for all children, with a strong focus on gender equality at all levels of the education system.
Many children in Laos’ poor districts do not regularly attend primary school, and less than one third complete five years of primary education. Girls from ethnic groups have the lowest enrolment and completion rates, and few graduate to secondary school.
We are partnering with children, schools, parents and the government to ensure that all primary school age children reach essential learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy, enabling their continuation into secondary school.
Plan International leads two education consortium, the Australian and EU funded Basic Education Quality Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) INGO Consortia in partnership with ChildFund Laos, Save the Children International, World Vison International. And, the Dubai Cares funded Lao Education Assess, Research and Networking (LEARN) Project, in partnership with Save the Children International to promote accessibility to a quality education in pre-primary and primary schools. These consortia enable robust piloting of new models (LEARN) and the scaling up of successful approaches nationally (BEQUAL).
Our work includes increasing community participation in education, supporting school-based teacher training in reading, mathematics and other key subjects, improving classroom practices and giving children better access to school materials. In 2017 we are commencing work in the secondary education sector, with a focus on child protection and gender equality, and the integration of menstrual hygiene management in all of our programming.