Community Learning Centers in Laos PDR

Since 2010, DVV International in cooperation with Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action) and the Lao partners built community learning centers in 24 rural villages in Sepon and Nong districts and 2 CLCs in Khammuane Province.

Here, close to the border to Vietnam, live mainly ethnic minority groups, often rarely or not educated at all. Community Learning Centers (CLC) provide a public space for learning, sharing and meeting for all villagers.

Learn more about our Community Learning Centers

The range of courses offered is various, such as ...

  • literacy courses on how to write and read
  • basic mathematics to skills trainings
  • skills trainings from mechanics to handicrafts
  • health, gender equality and agriculture courses.

Trainings and courses depend on the demand of the villagers themselves, who decide upon the activity plan together with the governmental staff and authorities.

Thanks to these centers also local ethnic groups have the possibility of accessing to education.

portrait Dokkham Xomsihapanya

Education: available for everyone

"We at DVV International aim at making education – especially non-formal education – available for everyone. The centers offer a variety of free courses for both children and adults.

Therefore, CLCs serve also as a platform which brings people together and encourage them to interact"; so Dokkham Xomsihapanya, Project Manager

What is a CLC?

The concept of CLC comes from UNESCO, according to which a CLC is a community-based non formal education institution that provides a range of services and learning opportunities to out-of-school children, youth and illiterate or semi-literate adults fromsocially disadvantaged communities.

In Lao PDR, CLCs are part of the current Non-Formal Education policies as key venues for lifelong learning at village level.

How do we work at the CLC in Lao PDR

As support, DVV International has two field offices in Nong and Sepon district, with trained staff who is able to assist the management of the CLC in the organisation of the activities.

CLCs aim to provide easy and accessible basic non-formal education for especially adults, children and youth. Therefore, literacy classes are offered in the evenings, so that the villagers can participate after work. Additionally, life skill classes and vocational trainings are provided. Life skill trainings encompass discussions about health and financial issues, aiming to facilitate the everyday life of the villagers.

Short vocational trainings aim to increase the outcome of the agricultural work and to open new income sources. Trainings are based on the needs of the villagers, thus, for example, motorbike repair classes, jar-classes or weaving-classes are offered.

Our current projects and partners

Currently there are two projects going on, the

  • Opening up Community Learning Centers (CLC) in rural Lao PDR for Youth and Children, funded by Kindermissionswerk „Die Sternsinger” and
  • KHALODEP: Khammouane Local Development Project in collaboration with LuxDev.