Since the Pathet Lao took control of Laos last year it has started evening classes to eliminate illiteracy.
GV Teacher writing on blackboard
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SV Teacher addressing class
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SV Teacher pointing to blackboard and students writing in notebooks (2 shots)
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Background: Since the Pathet Lao took control of Laos last year it has started evening classes to eliminate illiteracy.
SYNOPSIS: The lessons are being given in schools, Buddhist Pagodas and even private homes and are compulsory for everyone over 15 who can't read and write the Lao language.
They are part of an over-all re-education programme instigated by the government aimed at encouraging all three million inhabitants of the mountainous country to take part in building up the nation and helping it towards economic stability. Other classes are also held to familiarise people with government policy, and to rekindle an appreciation of their country's history.
Many of those now learning to read and write never had the opportunity to go to school. For some it may be too late to put their new skills to use, but for others it could mean the entry into a new world of knowledge and appreciation.