We design PoP involvement to be 100% sustainable. From day one, we ensure that the village views the school as theirs and takes ownership of its ongoing maintenance and support. Beyond building a school, we also offer the following education programs to our communities.
Supplemental SHINE Curriculum
Our local staff undergo extensive training to prepare them to enter villages twice a month to teach students and teachers supplemental lessons on Sanitation, Health, Identity, Nutrition, and Environment (‘SHINE’). Ultimately, these lessons are designed to result in improved educational achievement by teaching students to lead healthier and more fulfilling lifestyles. Click here to learn more about SHINE, including the goals of the program, how we developed it, how we train our SHINE staff, and to view SHINE-related media.
In Fall 2012, we will be piloting a scholarship program in Laos that will address the individuals and communities with the highest risk of dropouts. First, we are collecting data and conducting interviews with teachers, school directors, and parents to understand the root causes of absenteeism and dropping out. Our findings will help us develop scholarship programs that deepen our investment in communities and provide the support villages need to help lift themselves out of poverty. We are exploring potential programs with focuses ranging from mentorship to transportation to delayed cash incentives, and everything in between. We will continue to share details with you as they finalize over the coming months!