UXO Education and Awareness in Primary Schools
supporting a friend who has been injured
by unexploded ordnance (UXO) as they
learn in school about the dangers of
UXO and landmines.
In 1997, World Education/Consortium and its partners in the Laos Government developed a program aimed at reducing the injury and death from UXO among school-age children living near the Plain of Jars in northern Laos. Today, almost 5,000 teachers and over 150,000 students from nine UXO-affected provinces participate directly in the UXO Education and Awareness Program. Children receive instruction about how to protect themselves and their peers from UXO through formal class instruction, role play, puppetry, and other creative arts. Teachers receive training and support to help them use more child-centered approaches to learning that involves group activities, role play, and problem solving.
Over the years, the program has received support
from USAID and UNICEF, and is currently funded
by the US Department of State, Office of
Weapons Removal and Abatement.