France Supports Training of French-speaking Teachers

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(KPL) Sixty four teachers from the French-Laotian bilingual classes have attended a pedagogical training session organized by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The training course was supported by the International Organization of la Francophonie and the Embassy of France in Laos.

The training course held on Jul 18-22 aimed to strengthen the teachers’ pedagogical skills. The training received will allow these secondary school teachers to improve the pedagogical quality of their teaching.

To this end, interactive training sessions are planned with experienced trainers. Coming from different provinces of Laos, the trained teachers work in different disciplines to teach in the bilingual classes that have existed since 1995 in Laos.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie, the French Embassy and the Ministry of Education and Sports of Laos have joined forces to organise this training session.

The International Organisation of la Francophonie financed this session. For its part, France supports the Ministry of Education and Sports of Laos in the management of this training session: in this respect, the French Embassy in Laos has provided an international technical expert to the Ministry.

The latter has participated in the organization of the event and she ensures part of the training sessions.

As a key factor to boost the economy, education is a strategic issue to enable Laos in its goal to graduate from the list of least developed countries.

In this respect, training and increasing the number of qualified teachers in the least developed countries have been identified by the United Nations as one of the means of achieving sustainable development objectives (target 4.c).

France supports the development of multilingualism in Laos, which constitutes a major asset for professional achievement for Lao youth.

Knowledge of French opens up opportunities for students in Laos in private and public sectors.

It facilitates dialogue with many international interlocutors.

In 2017, 3245 Lao people study in the bilingual classes which constitute a quality device. In addition, more than 67,000 students study French as a second language after English.

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