Help Them Learn English
Laos has one of the lowest English proficiency level in the world. In fact, it is the lowest among all 19 countries in Asia. This has been a cause of significant disadvantage among Laos people in many aspects of life in recent years. Especially since the country started to “open its door” to the global economic market.
- English is the most commonly spoken foreign language in the world.
Language is our source of communication. It is the method through which we share our thought, feeling and idea with one another. Of the more than 7000 living languages in the world, English language is the most common foreign language of them all. What this means is: the ability to speak English helps us communicate with people from all over the world.
- English is the dominant language in academia, internet and the press.
There are way more books, websites and news written in English than any other language. When we know English we will find more information regarding nearly every subject.
- English is the language of the corporate world.
There is little doubt how necessary it is for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce. Research from all over the world has shown that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English. Its importance in the global market place cannot be understated.
As a young country just making its way to the doorstep of global economic market, a lot of Laos people are finding themselves competing in job market that they are not prepared for. Poor communication skills in English has become one such barrier. Majority of Laos people are now considered unemployable in any sector of the knowledge economy, given their English language and cognitive skills.
There’s a clear need and demand for English. Unfortunately a mere 30% of elementary schools in Laos provide English lessons, and most of these schools are located in the cities. On top of that, English teachers are practically non-existence; Laos teachers lack the knowledge, know-how and experience to teach English.
How Do We Help?
Already we have been offering Community English Classes for more than 5 months. All our classes are taught by volunteer certified English teachers. These volunteer teachers come from a very diverse background and culture. They bring with them international teaching experience and passion for education.
All the students coming to the Community English Classes have little to no English knowledge. For most of them, this is the only opportunity for them to learn English, to meet a foreigner, and to practice speaking English. For all the parents, the Community English Classes show them a promising future for their children.
In the long run, we’d like to provide quality English teacher training for Laos teachers; and English and soft skills training for young Laotians looking to explore the international job market.
What Will We Do With $5000?
- Refurbish the new LaosTTFF Center
Sadly, we have to relocate. We will be refurbishing a 8 years old two storey house into the new LaosTTFF Center. This new center will provide classroom space for study; accommodation for volunteer teachers; and library.
- Buy materials for building furniture
We build all the furniture, including chairs, desks and book shelves.
- Provide safe transportation for children
Many of the children coming to the Community English Classes don’t live in the village where the center is. Most of their parents are simply too busy or have no means to take them to classes. Our volunteer driver will be responsible for picking these children up and sending them back to their villages, safely. While the driver offers his service and time for free, we will pay for the fuel.
- Classroom supplies and stationery
What Do You Get In Return?
Your donation helps open up a world of information and communication for Laos people; making it possible for them to get in touch at the international level. In return for your generosity, we will have the students write and paint your name on the “Gratitude Wall” of LaosTTFF Center.