On Tuesday, Achan Vongphachan took me to visit several of her colleagues in the Ministry of Education. We spent time discussing a research proposal with one of her colleagues, ultimately focusing on primary grade reading/literacy achievement on target by grade 3. In the afternoon we took time to visit COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise), which was founded in 1997, to ensure that Lao people with physical disabilities have local, free access to a quality, nationally-managed rehabilitation service.
In the evening, we met the Lao local partner, Ms. Chanthalangsy Sisouvanh (nick name is Si), who serves as the Head of Training Unit for SuanMaiLao Learning Center (SML) with Participatory Development Training Center (PADETC). Si brought along her colleague, Lawrence, who is from Uganda and works as a technical advisor to PADETC on environmental issues. We discussed educational similarities and differences between the United States, Lao PDR and Uganda, including topics ranging from early childhood education, language learning, private and public schools, and university education.