In Laos, opportunities for education are closely linked to Socio-economic status. This is exacerbated for rural students. As a result, males commonly come to Luang Prabang to access opportunities available at the temples and to become Novice Monks - this is not an option for females. Girls face a unique set of barriers impacting their access to education and employment. Traditions and entrenched gender roles mean many girls forgo education to stay home and support their families.
With community consultation, we identify youth, novice monks, lay males & females without access to education & training & offer support to them in the form of educational opportunities. We offer English classes, general support and scholarships for secondary, life skills, tertiary and health education. Students are targeted through partnerships with temples & local institutions. Increased access to education can improve employment opportunities & stop the cycle of poverty inequality.
By offering educational opportunities for disadvantaged, but highly motivated students, this project aims to increase the capacity of students to contribute to the economic and social development of their communities and their country. Ultimately, we aim to provide equal access to education, scholarships and employment opportunities for men and women so that they can meaningfully contribute towards the development of Laos. With local partners, we want to increase the number of students we assist
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