World Education Celebrates 25 Years in Laos
September 14, 2017
On Friday, September 15th 2017, World Education, Inc. celebrates 25 years of support to the people of Laos. World Education President Joel Lamstein is in Laos to attend the event.
World Education has been operational in Laos since 1992, initially working on repatriation programs for returned refugees from Thailand and gradually expanding to the unexploded ordnance (UXO) sector. World Education Laos has helped reduce the impact of these remnants of war by improving the quality and accessibility of health care services, increasing access to education, and promoting sustainable livelihoods for accident survivors and poor communities living in UXO-contaminated areas.
Today, working in 9 provinces supporting more than 300,000 individuals annually, World Education works through participatory and multi-disciplinary approaches to involve communities, families, and individuals through programs in education, health (with a particular focus on disability), mine action, and economic development. The underlying philosophy of all our work in Laos is to build capacity, promote self-sufficiency, and increase inclusion of all persons in the country.
World Education Laos is also a key player in strengthening the disability sector in Laos. With its partners, World Education has expanded economic empowerment opportunities to persons with disabilities through financial literacy and vocational training, and improved the availability of assistive technologies and access to medical and rehabilitation services.
World Education’s 25th anniversary celebration on September 15th will be attended by key partners from the Lao government, diplomatic community, NGO partners, and beneficiaries. The event will include speeches by Dr. Mithong, director general of the Department of Pre-Primary and Primary Education of the Ministry of Education and Sports; Dr. Khamphet, director general of the Center for Medical Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Health; Ms. Rena Bitter, U.S ambassador to Laos; and Mr. Joel Lamstein. There will also be an interactive presentation showcasing World Education’s 25-year history in Laos.
Learn more about World Education's work in Laos.