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Girls' rural educational access with community help (Girls' REACH): Policies to increase girls' educational opportunities in rural Lao PDR

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Although they have made great strides in overall access to education over the past two decades, Lao PDR continues to struggle with providing adequate educational opportunities to girls in rural areas. In 1991 the national constitution was changed to include mandatory primary education for all students. However 2008 World Bank data indicate that more than 76,000 girls who should have been receiving a primary education were not enrolled, and 32.2% of the girls who began primary school did not complete it. This paper investigates policies to increase girls’ school enrollment and attendance that have been successfully implemented in other countries and provides an evaluation of which would be most applicable to the Lao setting. The proposed policy package, referred to as Girls’ Rural Educational Access with Community Help (Girls’ REACH) includes: 1) the creation of community schools, run by local school management committees; 2) a revision of the national curriculum to include locally relevant skills that are presented in children’s mother tongue; and 3) the recruitment and training of a female workforce. The author contends that the implementation of these policies would increase enrollment and completion rates for female children living in rural areas, one of the most underserved populations in Lao PDR.

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Gender, Rural, Primary Education, Lao PDR
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Name: 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Shanahan, Meaghan. "Girls' rural educational access with community help (Girls' REACH): Policies to increase girls' educational opportunities in rural Lao PDR" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p570769_index.html>

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Shanahan, M. K. "Girls' rural educational access with community help (Girls' REACH): Policies to increase girls' educational opportunities in rural Lao PDR" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p570769_index.html

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Abstract: Although they have made great strides in overall access to education over the past two decades, Lao PDR continues to struggle with providing adequate educational opportunities to girls in rural areas. In 1991 the national constitution was changed to include mandatory primary education for all students. However 2008 World Bank data indicate that more than 76,000 girls who should have been receiving a primary education were not enrolled, and 32.2% of the girls who began primary school did not complete it. This paper investigates policies to increase girls’ school enrollment and attendance that have been successfully implemented in other countries and provides an evaluation of which would be most applicable to the Lao setting. The proposed policy package, referred to as Girls’ Rural Educational Access with Community Help (Girls’ REACH) includes: 1) the creation of community schools, run by local school management committees; 2) a revision of the national curriculum to include locally relevant skills that are presented in children’s mother tongue; and 3) the recruitment and training of a female workforce. The author contends that the implementation of these policies would increase enrollment and completion rates for female children living in rural areas, one of the most underserved populations in Lao PDR.


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