Japan provides fund for teacher development in Laos

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VIENTIANE, March 5 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The Government of Japan is providing grant aid worth more than $4 million to four teacher training schools, through the Japan Agency for International Cooperation (JICA).

The colleges concerned are located in the provinces of Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang and Xieng Khuang, as well as the Dongkhamxang Teacher Training College in Vientiane.

An agreement on the first phase of development was recently signed between the Ministry of Education and Sports and local construction companies.

An official from the Department of Teacher Training, Chomphet Vongsa, said, “The project started in 2020 and following the signing of an agreement by the Lao and Japanese governments, the first phase of the project will be rolled out this month- this”.

“The teacher development project in Dongkhamxang will be carried out at a cost of US$1.2 million. 1.1 million dollars will be spent on the development of the middle school in Xieng Khuang province, 1 million dollars for the middle school in Luang Namtha province and nearly 900,000 dollars for the middle school in Luang Prabang province,” she added.

The second phase of the project will be carried out in 2023, involving teacher training schools in Bankern village, Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province, Savannakhet province, Pakxe city in Champasak province and of the province of Saravan.

In January, the Government of Japan also provided US$470,000 in aid for the education of ethnic primary school children in Oudomxay province.

The grant will fund educational activities for a period of 12 months and is the third round of assistance for the project since its launch in 2019.

The project aims to strengthen basic academic skills and improve the educational environment of ethnic schoolchildren in Pakbaeng District.

The Japanese government has provided assistance in many areas of development in Laos, including the construction of a new hospital building at Champasak Provincial Hospital and the provision of equipment to the Ministry of Public Security. -Vientiane Times/ANN

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