The main objective of OEL318 is to provide students with the conceptual tools and learning experiences to develop a deeper understanding of educational opportunities and challenges in Laos. This objective will be achieved through a combination of team-based experiential learning, e-learning, classroom activities, and participation in an overseas trip to Vientiane, Laos. As one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, an inclusive and quality education is seen to be the key to break out of the poverty cycle, and to empower people to have a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle. While the government of Lao PDR recognises the importance of education in achieving national development goals and has made significant progress in eradicating illiteracy and enhancing equity in education, there are still many challenges facing the provision of equitable educational opportunities between genders, ethnic groups and social classes. Comparatively, the Singaporean government has placed enormous resources and emphasis on education since independence, making it one of the most highly regarded in the world, but educational equity remains a challenging issue. This course urges students to critically analyse the complexity in achieving quality education in the context of Laos and Singapore, through comparing how historical, political, social and economic factors shape educational development, ideologies, and policies in both countries. By working directly on education-related projects in Laos and Singapore, students will not only learn about the challenges and opportunities in educational development in both Laos and Singapore, but also get to reflect critically on the relationship between such developments and educational equity.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July