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Education in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

On Track for the Twenty-First Century

  • Richard Noonan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Richard Noonan, Phouvanh Phommalangsy
    Pages 1-29
  3. Richard Noonan, Phouvanh Phommalangsy
    Pages 31-62
  4. Phouangkham Somsanith, Richard Noonan
    Pages 63-86
  5. Sisouk Vongvichith, Chaleunsouk Sisouvong, Richard Noonan
    Pages 87-110
  6. Phouvieng Phoumilay, Richard Noonan
    Pages 111-142
  7. Ka Saleumsouk, Vannakone Phannolath, Richard Noonan
    Pages 143-162
  8. Varadune Amarathithada, Maaly Vorabouth, Richard Noonan
    Pages 163-190
  9. Nanludet Moxom, Richard Noonan
    Pages 191-216
  10. Yangxia Lee, Clifford Meyers, Richard Noonan
    Pages 217-244
  11. Sayadej Vongsopha, Richard Noonan
    Pages 245-263
  12. Richard Noonan
    Pages 265-277
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 279-326

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth description of the education system in Lao PDR.  It covers pre-school, primary, secondary general, secondary technical and vocational, post-secondary non-higher education, and adult non-formal education and training. In addition to the main content, the book includes a glossary of terms and abbreviations used; and an appendix on the organizational structure of the Ministry of Education and Sports, including the linkages between the national, provincial and district level. The content covers public and private sector education provision alike.


ASEAN Economic Community Education for All Education in Laos Education in Southeast Asia Educational Development Inclusive education Millennium Development Goals Southeast Asia Education System environmental sustainability universal basic education

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Noonan
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ConsultantVientiane CapitalLao People's Democratic Republic

About the editors

Richard Noonan studied Comparative Education and Economics of Education at Columbia University (Ed.D.) and Stockholm University (Ph.D.).  As an education economist, he has served as consultant to UNESCO, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the International Labor Organization, and many other multilateral and bilateral international development agencies.  He has published numerous articles and several books on education systems, with an emphasis on historical and quantitative description.  He retired in 2012 and now devotes his time to volunteer work and writing.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Education in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Book Subtitle On Track for the Twenty-First Century
  • Editors Richard Noonan
  • Series Title Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
  • Series Abbreviated Title Educat.Asia-Pacific Region
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-3317-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-3319-8
  • Series ISSN 1573-5397
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-9791
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
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