Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Basic Education Sector Development Program
Lao People's Democratic Republic's main challenges in the education sector included (i) meeting the growing demand for education, (ii) addressing issues of access and equity, and (iii) improving the internal efficiency of the educational system. The downturn in the global economy and weak capacity limited the government’s ability to support equitable access to basic education, particularly in remote areas, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Two prior ADB projects—the Basic Education (Girls) Project and the Education Quality Improvement Project 2—had already begun to address these issues, but more support was needed. Consequently, ADB provided the Basic Education Sector Development Program consisting of a grant-financed investment project and a program loan to enhance sector-wide reforms and improve the quality of lower secondary education, particularly in underserved areas and for disadvantaged groups. The program sought to improve standards, quality, and internal efficiency and to build capacity for decentralized education management. It also envisaged targeted support by providing scholarships to increase the enrollment of poor ethnic children, particularly girls.
This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.