People all over Laos are now taking part in an intensive re-education programme to familiarise them with government policy and to rekindle interest and appreciation of the country's ancient customs.
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Background: People all over Laos are now taking part in an intensive re-education programme to familiarise them with government policy and to rekindle interest and appreciation of the country's ancient customs.
The programme was started by the ??? Lao which now has full control over the mountainous kingdom and its three million inhabitants. Since Communist victories in neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia six months ago the pro-Communist Pathet Lao has achieved a gradual administrative take-over in Laos.
Instructors are being sent to towns and villages all over the country to tell young and old what the government's policies are and how it plans to achieve economic progress. They are also rekindling interest in old Laotian customs and teaching fold songs and music, some of which had become almost extinct during foreign occupation.
In many cases Buddhist temples, which are often the centre of community activities, are being used to hold classes.
SYNOPSIS: The Ontu Buddhist temple in Vientiane is one of many temples being used throughout Laos to house young and old students who're currently taking part in a Government re-education programme.
The programme is being run by the pre-Communist Pathet Leo which, over the last six months, has achieved full administrative control over the mountainous kingdom and its three million inhabitants. Instructors are being sent to towns and villages all over Laos to take the classes.
They're telling people how the government functions and how it wants them all to work together to build Laos into a strong and peaceful country. They're also giving lessons in rudimentary economics so people can see how it's possible for their country to progress economically.
Ancient customs and traditions are also being taught, and everywhere young musicians are learning beautiful old folk songs which have been played by their ancestors for centuries.
With such a rich heritage as an example, the Laotians are keen to re-learn about their country's history and culture.