LMI Education Pillar

The LMI countries seek to foster regional education aimed at human resource development cooperation, narrowing economic and social disparities and ensuring economic and social development in the region in a sustainable manner. This can be realized by increasing opportunities for the peoples of lower Mekong, increasing competitiveness of lower Mekong countries in the global market, as well as enhancing the benefits of regional cooperation and integration in an equitable manner. This includes improving knowledge sharing of best practices within the LMI nations in a variety of strategic and technical areas; increasing technical English skills among relevant LMI participants; and enhancing communication between scientists and policy makers across all pillars.

1. Bring existing English language opportunities more in line with LMI goals:
  • Seek opportunities to make greater use of Public Diplomacy, USAID, Peace Corps, and other ongoing programs in the service of LMI goals.
  • Explore new ways to use emerging technologies, such as internet-based distance learning (webinars, chats, Facebook, etc.) and mobile delivery systems to provide focused, distance learning and training.
  • Seek other approaches to increase English language training capacity, including potentially partnering with other donor countries, working with U.S. colleges and universities, NGOs, etc.
  • Enhance English language training programs with emphasis on English for a Specific Purpose. Use creative ways to develop technical English language ability among experts working in the fields of the LMI pillars, such as educational technology transfer, web technologies, and online education tools.
  • Enhance capacity of existing centers for technical English language skills in the Lower Mekong Countries.
2. Continue International Visitor programs and possible other exchanges in each of the LMI pillars: Education, Environment, Health, and Infrastructure:
  • Engage decision makers, managers, and trainers from the LMI countries through projects focusing on the specific goals of the LMI strategic plan.
  • Advance the numbers of scholarship, fellowship and training grants programs, as future LMI funding permits.
3. Strengthen Human Resource Development to promote regional competitiveness:
  • Enhance educational and HRD program quality and ensure the relevance of the programs to regional human capital as well as market needs and challenges.
  • Improve adaptability of education as well as technical/vocational/skills development training in LMI through technical assistance programs.
  • Raise awareness of good practices and training sessions by convening best practices workshops and conferences in areas of mutual interest, encouraging participation of other regional and international partners.
  • Promote the use of existing LMI host country regional training centers and institutes in human resource development programs.
4. Strengthen institutional links and mechanism for cooperation among LMI countries and with other regional and international institutions to develop partnerships to promote capacity building in education and human resource development:
  • Encourage partnership and networking among academic institutions, training centers, and development agencies for educational and human resource development activities as well as development agencies for educational and human resource development activities.
  • Support academic cooperation such as joint research, publication, and joint degree program.
  • Provide assistance in curriculum development, teacher training and capacity building for educators and administrative personnel.
  • Support wider access of rural communities to education and training by expanding distance learning opportunities into rural areas.
5. Take advantage of programs from other LMI pillars, specifically the environment and health pillars, to promote health, climate change and environment education.


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