Welcome to Luang Prabang Province, Laos!
With support from Alessandro Cerase, Samuele Candido, Giovanni Moscatelli, Roberto Garcia, Neeraj Yadvendu and Lesley Borg, PoP is partnering with a community in the Luang Prabang province to construct a new three-classroom structure and create a quality learning environment for hundreds of students and teachers. This school is dedicated in memory of Tommaso Cerase.
You're Making a Difference Here
In Laos, a lack of educational infrastructure is one of the greatest barriers to accessing quality education (BBC News Asia). 15% of people in Laos are illiterate, with even higher illiteracy rates amongst ethnic minorities (World Bank 2015).
Pencils of Promise works with 190 communities in Laos to ensure that students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 20,000 students and teachers in Laos.
Luang Prabang Province
Located in northern Laos, Luang Prabang province is currently home to more than 430,000 residents. The capital city, also named Luang Prabang, has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1995 due to its architectural, cultural, and religious heritage, and it was in this province where the first Kingdom of Laos was established in the 14th century. The Khmu and Hmong are the largest ethnic groups in Luang Prabang province.
Tommaso's Memory in Luang Prabang Province
The school previously had three classrooms, each of which were shared by multiple grades. The building was a wooden structure with old furniture and a tin roof. These conditions hindered learning, posing a hazard to student safety and engagement.
Over a series of months, PoP partnered with the community to build a new three-classroom structure. The community committed to providing higher-quality education to its students and contributed 20% of the resources and labor required for construction.
The new primary school provides a high-quality learning environment where every child can reach their unique potential.
Download photos from the community!
Made possible with support from:
In Memory of Tommaso Cerase