|During Project Design
||The potential central and local stakeholders include the Ministry of Educaiton (MOE) and provincial education service (PES) offices, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Center for Inclusive Education, Research Institute for Education Sciences, international organizations, NGOs and other private sector actors involved in education, other Education Sector Working Group members, Lao Youth Union, ethnic group representatives, school teachers and principals, school management committees and other villagers, students. Consultation and participation (C&P) has been conducted throughout the PPTA and project processing through Workshops/roundtables with agencies/departments, DPs, and private sector/nongovernment actors; compilation of existing data and conduct of focused studies; informal focused group discussions at both the institution and village/community levels; and direct consultations with school staff and students in target areas.
|During Project Implementation
||The ADB and PPTA teams have maintained close dialogue with representatives from various Ministry of Education (MOE) departments and institutions, including Department of Secondary Education (DSE), Department of Pre-school and Primary Education, Department of Planning and Cooperation (DPC), Department of Personnel (DOP), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Teacher Education (DTE), Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Education Standards and Quality Assurance Centre (ESQAC), Education Statistics and Information Technology Centre (ESITC), Department of Physical and Art Education, Research Institute for Educational Studies (RIES), Strategy Research and Education Analysis Centre, Department of Inspection, Department of Private Education Management, Ministry of Education (MOE) cabinet, Inclusive Education Centre, and BESDP-I PMU. Missions have also consulted other agencies, including the Ministries of Finance and of Planning and Investment, as well as various development partners (DPs), including international organizations and NGOs. In addition to ongoing issue-specific dialogue and consultations, workshops to discuss on the emerging Program design were conducted during inception, interim, and fact-finding missions in December 2010, March 2011, and May 2011, which included the stakeholders above as well provincial education services. Progress has also been reported to government, international, and NGO stakeholders during meetings of the Education Sector Working Group, including a November 2011 meeting of the Focal Group on Post-Basic Education.