Digital Literacy Initiative Laos

The Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI) aims to better prepare youth form disadvantaged backgrounds for productive activities in the digital economy through basic coding and programming lessons, coding clubs and digital entrepreneurship courses for students of upper secondary schools and TVET (technical and vocational education and training) colleges.
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Khammouane Province
17.6384066
105.2194808
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Oudomxay Province
20.4921929
101.8891721
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Xiangkhouang Province
19.6375088
103.3587288
Project duration
2024 - 2026
Financed by
  • The Dariu Foundation
  • Bread for the World

The project

Technology continues to become more ingrained in daily life, the importance of digital literacy skills is becoming increasingly apparent whether for communication, finding employment, and receiving comprehensive education. Digital literacy skills provide more opportunities to students in terms of learning through a number of educational platforms which supports their educational progress and learning performance, while students without these skills may have their progress stymied by an inability to or lack of confidence in navigating the related technology. Students with the foundation of digital literacy knowledge and skills can apply to various types of technology now for their learning development as well as accessing to the job market that require some form of digital literacy in the future.

The DLI project promotes the digital literacy in the education sector through strengthening ICT skills for upper secondary school and technical and vocational college (TVET) students by introducing additional creative activities including computer coding and basic programming training, digital entrepreneurship courses and code clubs to increase digital skills, creative and innovative thinkings and team skills.  The project further promotes the importance of digital literacy and ICT activities as non-formal extracurricular activity in the education in Laos.  The project will be implemented with upper secondary schools and TVET colleges in the Provinces of Khammouane, Xiengkhouang and Oudomxay.

Project Partners

Project goals

The project supports the literacy of digital in the education sector via three main components:

  1. Introducing coding classes and digital entrepreneurship courses:
    The ICT capacities of upper secondary school and TVET college teachers will be strengthened to provide training computer coding and basic programming lessons to their students as an extra-curricular activity. In addition, digital entrepreneurship courses will be introduced in TVET colleges to support students in turning their tech solutions into viable business ideas and run their own businesses in the future.
  2. Introducing “code clubs” to increase creative and innovative thinking:
    Upper Secondary Schools and TVET college will provide opportunities to youth to increase and expand their innovative thinking through code clubs. Code clubs are established as the platform for students to collaborate in small teams and develop their own innovative tech solutions. This supports young people in increasing their analytical skills, teamwork, and innovative thinking.
  3. Promoting and institutionalizing the DLI model in the education sector:
    Strengthen the importance of ICT activities in schools across Laos by promoting the DLI implementation model for coding lessons, digital entrepreneurship and code clubs as a non-formal extracurricular ICT activity, endorsed by the MoES. This allows for replication of the model with the respective materials developed under the project publicly available for free use.

Expected results

  • 2,700 upper secondary school students access ICT activity training and increase their digital literacy.
  • 450 TVET students receive training and increase their digital knowledge in business.

The Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI) project is co-funded by the The Dariu Foundation and Bread for the World and will be implemented with the Ministry of Education and Sports. Besides gaining basic ICT knowledge, youth will increase their creative, analytical and collaboration skills which are essential competencies for future employment.

News

Laos
Initial vocational education and training
21.02.2024
MoU Signing Ceremony for Digital Literacy Initiative Project in three Provinces of Lao PDR
In a significant stride towards advancing digital literacy among students of upper secondary schools and TVET colleges, the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) – represented by its International Cooperation Department – joined forces with Swisscontact in the Lao PDR. A signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement the Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI) took place on 21st, February 2024, at the Crown Plaza in Vientiane Capital, Laos.