Ms Mona Girgis shakes hands with Mr Khamphay Sysavanh after signing an agreement
(KPL) Plan International Japan has granted more than 6.7 billion kip (US$826, 147) to build an additional ten secondary schools and support gender education in the northern province of Bokeo.
The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding was held in Vientiane Capital last week between Director of Plan International Japan to Laos Ms Mona Girgis, and Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Mr. Khamphay Sysavanh.
The project, ‘Better Secondary Education for Girls through Promotion of Gender Equity’, aims to create gender-sensitive school environments and develop the capacity of secondary school teachers, students and local communities to promote gender equality.
Plan International Japan is a Japanese non-profit organisation that has been actively engaged in development support for the education and health sectors of Laos since 2007.
The grant extended at this time will fund activities in the first year of this three-year project.
The project will target all 10 secondary schools comprising 4,306 secondary students and 246 teachers in Pha-oudom district, Bokeo Province.
Ms. Mona Girgis said that they had selected the schools in Pha Oudom district because they were located in a remote area of Bokeo Province.
These schools lack the facilities to properly support teaching and learning. Some families do not support the education of their children, especially girls, so there are fewer girls in schools than boys in this area.
The project aims to upgrade gender equality in education and it is believed the project will lead to greater development and more sustainable outcomes.