For people living in remote areas in Laos, access to education is very limited, especially when it comes to adult and vocational education. DVV International, together with the Department for Technical and Vocational Education of the Ministry for Education and Sports (DTVE) and GIZ, is sending out teachers which offer “Mobile Skills Training” in the villages. The results of a tracer study were recently presented in Vientiane.
Teachers from TVET schools have been sent to Laotian villages since 2010, offering a 5-10-day training course and bringing much demanded vocational skills to remote regions. To assess the impact of these measures, DVV International commissioned the Lao-German Development Consultancy to implement a tracer study targeting the participants of the 2015 training courses in five provinces.
The results of the study were presented to around fifty representatives from various Lao Ministries and State agencies as well as development partners during an event held at the Vocational Education Development Centre in Vientiane on 26 September. Lead consultant Michael Schultze reported that considerable impact could be observed regarding improvements in livelihoods, income generation and motivation for further learning. More than half of the respondents reported an improvement in their income; around 80% use the skills they have learnt. However, the mobile format is still not included in the Laotian education system, and only linked to key stakeholders in the respective villages, e.g. the business sector.
Participants agreed with the final statement of Nouphanh Outsa, Director General of DTVE, that more coordination between departments, Ministries, the business sector, as well as national and international stakeholders, is needed to improve the scope and efficiency of these programmes and respond to the high demand.