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Education for All—Fast Track Initiative in Laos


Through the Education for All – Fast Track Initiative (EFA-FTI), Australia is helping to improve access to quality basic education across Laos. Australia is contributing $21 million from 2010 to 2013 for school construction, in-service teacher training, training school principals and making education more accessible through mobile teachers. The US$65.5 million program is being implemented in pre-primary and primary schools in 60 of the country’s most educationally disadvantaged districts. It is the largest basic education program ever to be implemented through Lao government systems.


Results to date

  • Primary school net enrolment rates have increased from 83 per cent during 2009-10 to 88.6 per cent in 2010-11.
  • Training and equipment provided to 100 pre-school teachers.
  • Teaching and learning toolkits distributed to over 3500 primary school teachers in the most educationally disadvantaged districts.
  • More than 2400 children in 100 remote, rural villages without formal primary schools received primary level equivalency programs through a new mobile teacher approach.
  • School management and leadership training provided to 1033 primary school principals and head teachers.
  • Construction started on 123 primary schools (35 with Australian aid funding) in 2011, and an additional 209 schools (111 with Australian aid funding) are planned for construction in 2012-13.


  Current Stage
Started 2010 Implementation End in 2013



The following documents describe in more detail the Education for All—Fast Track Initiative in Laos initiative*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses. Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.

1. Policy & Direction Setting 2. Plan & Design 3. Implementation & Performance Management 4. Review & Evaluation

Australia-Laos Development Cooperation Strategy 2009–15

Education For All—Fast Track Initiative Project Appraisal Document

Education For All-Fast Track Initiative leaflet—English

Promoting opportunities for all—Education
Education For All-Fast Track Initiative leaflet—Lao language

Promoting opportunities for all—Gender equality and women's empowerment


*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013