Luang Prabang regional workshop promotes rural education

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Community Education Development (SEAMEO CED) held a workshop in collaboration with DVV International and Luang Prabang provincial authorities to promote education.

The workshop on education for rural communities, held in Luang Prabang province recently, was aimed at promoting education and learning for building sustainable livelihoods, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal No 4 on “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning”, according to a statement from SEAMEO CED.

The international workshop was attended by participants from more than 12 countries who, over two days, shared experiences of how learning centres can be developed and supported on the community and national policy level. They also discussed the work of mobile teachers and language transition programmes in Cambodia, how to create a lifelong learning society in Thailand, programme innovations to support ethnic monitories in Laos and culturally sensitive Indigenous education in Vietnam. 

The participants learnt how these best practices could promote education among communities in rural and remote areas within the framework of lifelong learning and its contribution to social development.

Director of SEAMEO CED, Dr Silinthone Sacklokham, highlighted the value of the workshop in building a shared understanding of issues in community education and livelihood development, including empowerment and participation of the community in programme development.

Regional Director of DVV International, Dr Johann Heilmann, spoke about how the event highlighted concepts of empowerment that are central to supporting people to become proud of their community, education, learning and skills.

Through the event, participants reached a shared understanding of community education which they defined as community-based education or community learning, and the development of programmes to promote learning and social development among individuals and groups using a range of formal and non-formal methods.

The participants visited the Non-Formal Education Centre in Luang Prabang province to explore how communities organise themselves to enhance their learning and use this knowledge to improve their livelihoods.

The two-day programme supported the participants to exchange their knowledge and best practices in promoting adult and lifelong learning in the Southeast Asian region.

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