The DVV International Regional Office on January 18 handed over 2,500 sets of 2017 calendars, 5,000 sets of diaries for 2017, a motorbike and newsletters worth over 123 million kip (US$15,000) to the Department of Non-Formal Education (DNFE).
The purpose of assistance is to promote Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education for All.
“As we know, education is an important sector to national social-economic development. Non-Formal Education (NFE) is considered an effective approach to reach unschooled children aged from 6-14 years old, youth and adults in rural and remote areas,” according to the Director General of the DNFE, Mr Ka Saleumsouk.
It is assumed that formal education will not be able to achieve the Education Development Plan and SDG 4 up to 2030.
As a result, learning opportunities are being provided through NFE channels as an alternative system to increase opportunities for unschooled children living in rural and remote areas and in areas that the formal education system doesn’t cover. To fulfill the goals, the DNFE has established a primary education equivalency programme.
Along with NFE programs, since 2009, DVV International has been supporting the NFE sector by focusing on improving literacy skills and vocational training for NFE target groups, and providing materials and facilities including textbooks and capacity development for NFE personnel.
“Currently, DVV International is in the process of implementing a project in the districts of Nong and Sepon, Savannakhet Province, with a number of activities to contribute to MDGs and improve living conditions,” Mr Saleumsouk said.
The handover ceremony took place at the DVV International Regional Office in Vientiane Capital between Director General of the DNFE Mr Saleumsouk, and Head of the DVV International Regional Office Mr Uwe Gartenschlaeger.
The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Lytou Bouapao, the German Ambassador to Laos, Mr Michael Grau, and relevant officials of both sides.
Source: Lao News Agency