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Children at school in Luangprabang. Photo: UNICEF Lao PDR

The Ministry of Education and Sport chairs the Education Sector Working Group. Australia and the European Union are Co-Chairs. 

At the policy level, the major focus throughout 2015 was on developing the Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP) 2016-20 and updating the Education Law. The ESDP 2016-20 was based on an agreed Theory of Change, with 11 outcomes supporting the overall goal.

These outcomes are consistent with the internationally agreed fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which focuses on education quality improvements. A comprehensive financing plan to cost the ESDP 2016-20 was also developed.

Read more in the Education Sector Working Group 2016 Progress Report.

Sub Sector Working Groups

The Education Sector Working Group has four Sub-Sector Working Groups:

Basic Education
Chair – Director General, Department of Primary and Pre-Primary Education (Ministry of Education and Sport). Co-Chairs – UNICEF and Save the Children International Laos.

Post-Basic Education
Chair – Director General of the Department of Higher Education (Ministry of Education and Sport). Co-Chairs – GIZ and the Asian Development Bank.

Education Management, Administration and Performance Assessment
Chair – Director General of Department of Inspection (Ministry of Education and Sport). Co-Chairs – EU and JICA

Education Research and Analysis
Chair – Deputy Director General of Department of Planning. Co-Chair – World Bank

SWG secretariat contacts

  • Mr Anoupheng Keovongsa, Head of Project Management Division, Department of Planning, MoES, Tel: 020-556 10348 / 5556 7390
  • Ms. Clemency Olipant, First Secretary-Development Cooperation, Australia Embassy, Tel: 021-353800 ext 142