The textbook situation in Lao PDR is of great concern for the country's educators at all levels. "Book to School" (BTOS) is designed to dually address both today's pressing needs of textbook and tomorrow's needs for quality learning in the Lao educational setting. "Book to School" aims to supply textbooks to meet the needs of the students; each student each textbooks is our goal.
Textbook supply has depended on government and foreign funds; its current availability however does not meet national demand. As a result, text books are insufficient and are given collectively to some schools and some students. This is not conducive to students learning and education. The southern part of Lao, especially Sekong, is noted to be suffering the highest rate of extreme education poverty. The project include the newly developed area as well, Xaysomboun, and will affect thousands.
As much as over 50% of the households in Sekong Province are defined as poor by the national standard thus parents can hardly afford to buy textbooks. Due to the high demand and insufficient of textbooks EDF-Lao's goal is to provide over 2,500 disadvantage students in one of the poorest Province Sekong as well as the newly developed Province, Xaysomboun, which is also considered a poor area.
EDF-Lao has helped approximately 2,300 students per year for the past 4 years and have slowly seen the mentality of the Lao people change regarding the importance of education. EDF-Lao aim to enrich the basic education environment and work towards the elimination of poverty in Laos through education. We strongly believe that developing children through quality education will be a significant pathway to break the chronic poverty cycle in Laos.