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Children stand outside their pre-school in Long Lao village, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.

Children stand outside their pre-school in Long Lao village, Luang Prabang province, Lao PDR.
Only around 22 per cent of children in Laos attend some form of pre-primary schooling, with the overwhelming majority of these enrolments in urban areas. That is why UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Education to develop and implement a community-based school readiness progrme. The goal is to increase access to early childhood education for ethnic children in remote rural areas. In Long Lao, the majority of children are from the Hmong and Khmu ethnic groups. Pre-school prepares the children for learning in Lao before they reach grade 1. Early-childhood education is critical to preparing children for school, it reduces rates of repetition and drop out and promotes children staying in school longer. In Long Lao Primary school, with support from UNICEF, the government is implementing the School of Quality approach to ensure no child, including those from ethnic backgrounds, misses out on education.

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