In 2009 we established the Mekong English Centre (MEC) with 150 students. We have been using a local English syllabus and Lao teachers with the participation of foreign volunteers. In 2014, we had 300 students. Later, we moved to a new, larger building. This new building is located in Ban Nasang Vuay, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. We now have 500 students, who have come in the wake of the growing of the tourist industry in Luang Prabang , there is an increasing amount of need for English in LPB every year. In 2017, we have expand to Ban Namthoum District in Northern of LPB.
Due to the fact that Luang prabang is a world heritage site, many people have been coming from all over the world. We have many tourists, business owners, and different people coming to live and work in LPB. Because of this English has become necessary for Lao people, especially those who live in LPB. Local people need to speak English to get a job in a hotel, or a restaurant, and we would like to provide those people with the language to be able to work. Luang Prabang is also the center of Education in the north of Laos and students from 7 different provinces come to LPB to learn, and those who come also want to learn English. The Bright Centre will try to become a part of their education process, and would like to help the people of LPB, and by a larger extent people from all over Laos, become successful.
Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has been proven that to drag a country out of its poverty, people must educated - this includes both boys and girls. The Lao and the Japanese governments have put in place many scholarships in the north of Laos. The Lao education system is improving slowly but surely. The South Korean government has built and equipped a University in Luang Prabang. The classes taught now require students to access information on the Internet for their studies. To do this they must have a good command of English.
Bright Centre wants to provide these things, but it will be a huge investment, however we will strive to be able to make a fair price for these students. To be fair to the students we have already, and allow for the maximum amount of students to learn with our centre. Therefor The Bright Centre will charge only 300,000 kip (approximately $38) for 20 classes a month, or $500,000 kip ($US 62.02) for a term of three months, or 60 classes.
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