Although tourism has picked up in Laos over recent years, it is still one of the poorest countries in the world. GVI Charitable Programs is based in Luang Prabang where we collaborate on sustainable projects that aim to have a long-term impact on the lives of local community members. With projects focusing on SDG4 Quality Education, we work with local partners to improve English literacy, opportunities for women, and preventative health practices.
To “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” as outlined by the SDG4 Quality Education. The focus will be on upskilling and empowering local project partner staff and members of the local community.
The overall goal is to hand the full scope of our projects over to local schools/programs. This will have to be divided into two parts: slowly withdrawing our resources from the local schools, and creating a partnership with a locally operated school or program with the capacity to continue our English and Life Skills programs.
– Support local schools with curriculum implementation with a focus on English.
– Increase learning opportunities for women leading to opportunities for further education and/or employment.
– Increase community awareness of preventative health practices.
– Support partners to review and develop health and safety practices in schools and learning centers.
The sustainable goals of this project are:
– Workshops targeting skill development for women continue and are led by local community members.
– Local stakeholders are able to support English programs in schools, NGOs, and small businesses.
– Local stakeholders are running environmental programs in schools and a community garden is established and maintained by the local community.
– Fundraising strategies are in place to ensure we can meet the needs of conservation initiatives in the local community.
– Partner schools and local businesses have effective health, safety, and hygiene practices in place including ongoing monitoring.
Firstly our partnerships with local schools will go into a 3 part scale down. We will apply a combination of phasing down and phasing over in the sustainability process. Our ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the project will be crucial in informing the timing and detail of the exit. We will remain flexible based on community needs however, the main timeline will remain.
Phasing down relates to those projects or aspects of projects which have met their objectives. An example may be a targeted group completing a series of workshops.
Phasing over involves aspects of the project that can be managed by the local community, NGOs, or individuals going forward. The project will continue but with minimal ongoing input. The community has the skills and resources to continue.
We will continue the partnership as part of the phase-out stage to ensure ongoing support and additional training and guidance throughout the project.
Once phased over, the collaborating partners will continue working together and employ the transition strategy provided by GVI Charitable Programs, which will be employed to allow continued contact and ongoing advice/support as required. The original project will be evaluated by GVI Charitable Programs after 6 months, and 1, 2, and 3 years after phasing over is complete. This will be done via inspection of data sets, interviews with stakeholders, and collaborative partner meetings.
Phase 1- Years 1 to 3
This is the initial stage where the project is established. It includes:
– Conducting a needs analysis in the identified area.
– Establishing objectives of the project as a whole as well as objectives with specific projects.
– Identifying initial project partners.
– Establishing a network of collaborative stakeholders.
– Assessing and identifying the strengths of needs of collaborating partners in relation to the objective.
Once the objectives and project focuses are identified the project can be implemented. This includes:
– Ensuring key stakeholders have relevant training.
– Action-based on planned objectives and processes.
– Implementing the agreed data collection.
– Collating, monitoring, and analyzing data and feedback.
– Ensuring ongoing training to enable local stakeholders to develop skills.
– Communicate achievements to project partners and relevant stakeholders through meetings and reports.
– Ensuring effective reporting to donors and other relevant stakeholders.
Throughout this stage, ongoing evaluation and flexibility are essential to meeting the project objectives.
Phase 2- Years 3 to 8
– Expanding the network of local partners to ensure greater reach of project objectives.
– Ensuring new partners are onboarded based on their identified needs with all support and training in place.
– Ongoing project evaluation.
– Continue to build the capacity of local partners to deliver projects
– Monitoring the needs of the community and ensuring projects are set and delivered at the appropriate level
During this phase, some project partners may have developed to a stage where we can phase over or phase out. These decisions and processes will be made collaboratively with the partner and to ensure that a thorough and achievable exit plan is in place.
Phase 3 – Years 9 and 10
Partners assume primary responsibility for project delivery and we move to a supporting role.
– Ongoing objectives are monitored.
– Exit plans are continuously reviewed and a ‘phase-out’ or ‘phase over’ plan is established.
– Any additional training and mentoring for stakeholders is put into action.
– Clear agreements are documented regarding the phase over/phase-out process.
– Plans are established for ongoing support including a clear communication process going forward.
Fund an education co-ordinator for 1 day.
Fund a teaching assistant for 1 week.
Buy learning materials for our teachers in training.
Fund a classroom for 1 month.
Fund the employment of a teacher training graduate for 6 months.
Project Target: 7,500 USD
Raised so far: 4,408 USD
Funds still needed: 3,092 USD
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