Innovative Approaches to Early Literacy and Numeracy

©Vincent Reynaud-Lacroze

Context

In Laos, literacy from an early age remains a major challenge. There are significant differences between urban schools and more rural and remote schools, with the latter often having more students who do not speak Lao as their first language. Children of ethnic minorities living in poor, rural and economically excluded communities are disproportionately impacted and account for the lowest educational achievement levels in the country. Current pedagogical practices do not provide effective support for children to develop literacy and math skills from an early age. This has a negative impact on the students’ ability to participate effectively in education, lifelong learning and employment opportunities. In addition, many children live in family environments with few or no books available, which does not help to support school learning.

Project objective

Implement an innovative approach to teaching literacy and mathematics with the aim of improving the learning outcomes of ethnic and marginalised children in pre-school and primary school through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the application of child-centred teaching and learning methodologies. The project provides financial support to improve the reading environment, including libraries in schools and mobile libraries equipped with books and games. The project also provides training for teachers and local authorities on child-centred teaching and learning methodologies.

Parterns

District Education and Sports Bureaus (DESB), Education Standards and Quality Assurance Centre (ESQAC), Information, Communication, and Technology Centre (ICTC), Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES), National University of Laos (NUOL), Provincial Education and Sports Services (PESS), Research Institute for Education (RIES).

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Project location / Laos - Vientiane and Oudomxay provinces
Region / Laos, Southeast Asia and China
Area / Access and quality of education, Inclusive education
Duration / 2018 - 2023
The project covers / In 2019, Partnerships were developed to advance the role of ICT in education, 20 classrooms were equipped, a user manual was developed and teachers were trained in the use and maintenance of the equipment. 6,242 people, 1,115 pre-primary students (50% girls), 4,912 primary students (50% girls) and 175 teachers benefited from this project. To facilitate training, a user manual was developed in collaboration with the Information and Communication Technology Centre of the Ministry of Education and Sport, ensuring the project’s sustainability.
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