To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Laos, all schools and educational institutions closed in March 2020 and remained closed for several months.
This disrupted the learning of over 1.7 million children and young people, who were entering the last 2.5 months of the 2019-2020 school year. Due to the second wave of the virus, school closed again in April 2021, putting children’s learning further at risk.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a need to develop an innovative approach to reach children during school closures and mitigate learning loss. With support from GPE, UNICEF and the European Union, the Ministry of Education and Sports developed Khang Panya Lao (“wisdom warehouse” in English), an online teaching and learning platform that can be accessed via the web and as an application for tablets or mobile phones.
The platform is designed as a supplementary teaching resource for use in face-to-face classes. It also enables students to continue their education from home by accessing digitalized learning content. Khang Panya Lao is based on UNICEF’S Learning Passport initiative and was developed to:
- Facilitate learning for children and youth
- Support the work and professional development of teachers, principals, pedagogical advisors and early childhood education staff
- Develop digital skills for children, youth, teachers and staff in the education sector.