Keeping kids in school. Contribute towards the overall cost of a community school, and help more children go further in their education. Community school projects also provide support and training for teachers and help engage the community with the importance of education.
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In Laos, around one third of the population is illiterate. Children often leave school at Grade Three level or below, for a number of reasons. It could be they don’t have sufficient clothing to wear, their school roof leaks in the rainy season, or their teacher isn’t properly trained to engage them. For girls, it could be the lack of toilets that, once they reach a certain age, makes them not want to go where there is no privacy. Or, their parents may prefer them to stay home and work in the field or to mind younger siblings, rather than going to school.
TEAR’s partner World Concern Laos is working with remote communities to address their lack of access to primary school education. This project supports community schools in a number of ways, including partnering to build toilets and water tanks, repairing and maintaining classrooms, training teachers, and providing materials like books, pencils and uniforms. It also supports the building of classrooms and school buildings, with the local community providing the labour and some materials, and the project providing cement for the floor, nails and bolts.
Vegie gardens and nutrition training are also part of school life, with kids taught how to grow vegetables, which they can then take home. In their enthusiasm many kids take this learning back home and kitchen gardens are soon planted.
The project also focuses on getting parents more engaged with their kids’ education through parent-teacher committees; this helps mobilise them to advocate for their community to local education authorities for school improvements.
These children are pictured in front of two new toilet blocks, which will not only encourage more girls to come to school but will also promote better hygiene and sanitation at school and at home.
Your community school gift is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – World Concern (Laos)
World Concern (Laos) is a Christian development organisation that works to provide hope and opportunity to people facing extreme poverty. Its projects in Laos mostly focus on some of the country’s poorest and most isolated ethnic minority communities.