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October 25, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Laos: Contributing to improvements in the education environment in four central and southern provinces through secondary school facility infrastructure

photosigning ceremony

The amount of the project in this press release posted October 25 has been revised.
【Before】1.415 billion yen
【After】 1.369 billion yen (*)

On October 25, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Vientiane, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 1.369(*) billion yen for the Project for Improving Secondary School Environment in the Central and Southern Provinces.

The project will improve secondary school facilities and furnishings in four central and southern provinces of Laos, enhancing access to education and bettering the learning environment, thereby contributing to improvements in the quality of lower secondary education.

Toward achieving the national goal of rising above the status of a least developed country by 2020, Laos has an increasing need for industrial human resources, equipped with literacy for handling advanced technology and basic computational capacity. Although Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) for primary education is 118.4 percent (2015), GER for lower secondary education, which corresponds to middle school in Japan, is merely 78.1 percent, and the eighth Education Sector Development Plan for 2016–2020 sets a target of improving GER for lower secondary education to 85 percent by 2020. In the central and southern provinces, in particular, where the poverty rate is high, GER lags severely behind the national average (50–70 percent) due to factors such as a lack of a proper educational environment because of deteriorating and inadequate facilities, and it is urgent that measures be taken to address the situation.

The project will expand and rebuild 37 secondary schools in four central and southern provinces, and provide furnishings, such as desks and chalkboards. This will increase the number of classrooms from 212 to 454, allowing an additional 2,620 students to be accommodated, which is expected to increase the student enrollment.

In addition to this project, JICA carried out the Project for Improving Secondary School Environment in the Southern Provinces (2014), grant aid, and is carrying out other projects such as the Project for Improving Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Primary Education (2016–2022), a technical cooperation project, thereby providing comprehensive support for improving educational environment in Laos.

(*) For the detailed design of the project, JICA has already signed a grant agreement to provide grant aid of up to 46 million yen.

[Basic project information]
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project title The Project for Improving Secondary School Environment in the Central and Southern Provinces
Planned implementation period 51 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Education and Sports
Target region, facilities Four central and southern provinces: Champasak, Khammouane, Salavan, Savannakhet
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Public works and furnishings to be procured: Expansion and rebuilding of 37 secondary schools
Facilities: Classrooms, staff rooms, lavatories, library/storage rooms, multipurpose rooms (four schools, one in each province)
Furniture: Chairs, desks, chalkboards, storage cabinets
(2) Consulting services/guidance in managing the facilities: Detailed design work, bidding work assistance, construction monitoring, asset management support. Guidance in managing the facilities is not included.

* The Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) refers to the number of enrolled students divided by the number of children of eligible age. This number can exceed 100 percent when there are enrolled students older than the stipulated age.

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