Lao Children’s Voices Heard in New York

(KPL) Ms Panyphone Vongmala, the representative from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic children presented voices of children at the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on World Children’s Day in New York, USA on Nov 20.

This year, I participated in youth consultations with peers from all over my country. We appreciate this opportunity given by the Lao government, and thank the National Commission for Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children. At the consultation, we noted that progress has been made as more Lao children are having the opportunity to go to school and gain access to proper education but much more need to be done as challenges remain, said Ms Panyphone Vongmala.

We, Lao youth, believe that every children should enjoy the right to access to quality education. Access to technology and know-how will enable our full potential to contribute to our nation building at our time, she said.

She noted that in the Lao PDR, access to internet at home in the countryside is very limited and the Lao children need access to computers and internet in schools and need teachers to show them how to use technology through interactive learning to help them find good jobs in the 21st century.

On 11 November, the Lao government made a very important commitment to invest in quality education and skills building, in both the first and second decade of life, for the Lao Generation 2030.

She asked the participants to think how they could help the Lao children get a quality education.

I am just a 15-year old girl but I have promised myself that I will promote the right to education of every child in my country. I want to see them in schools, with their uniforms and holding books and pens in their hands so they can reach their full potential, achieve their dreams and have a bright future. Distinguished policy makers, please let’s our voice be heard and taking into account policies and rules that concern us so that no child is left behind, added Ms Panyphone.

In the Lao PDR, in the poorest communities, numbers of girls and boys dropout from school remain high, especially among girls at secondary level.

Source: Lao News Agency