Vansy is a 10-year-old boy studying in year 4 at the Primary School located in Pakseng District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos. Vansy is the second of four children. His parents are farmer. He studied at the village preschool sponsored by Save the Children before starting primary school. Vansy’s favourite activity at school is drawing. He gets to and from school everyday by walking. Vanny said “My favourite thing to study is about the environment, and I want to be a police officer when I grow up.
Phak is an 11-year-old girl studying in year 5 at the Primary School located in Hongsa District, Xayabouri Province, Laos. Phak is the eldest of two children, and her younger sister who is 8 years old is disabled and does not attend school. Phak lives about 2km from her school near her family’s field crops and walks to school alone every morning. Her routine is to wake up at 6 am and to arrive at school by around 7:30 am.
World Teachers' Day, celebrated each year in October, was established by UNESCO in 1994 to recognize the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. The Lao PDR is no different, and celebrations are held to honour teachers in schools and universities for their contribution in a specific subject or towards the community in general.
Today, International Day for DRR, is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR. The theme this year is older people and disasters.
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