At Denik, we truly believe that 'Art Can Change the World' and thats exactly what you are helping us to do.
Each Denik purchase supports global artists and helps to build schools worldwide. We are pleased to announce our newest school will be built in Laos. We have partnered with Pencils of Promise to make our dream of a school in Laos a reality.
With you help, we have already funded 55% of the new school and are climbing toward our final goal everyday!
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT EDUCATION IN LAOS!
1. 30% of Laos is illiterate, with even higher rates of illiteracy amongst ethnic minorities – The Laos government spends very little on education, which continually increases the poverty rate in Laos. Schools are more accessible in urban areas, but schools in rural Laos are little in number and far in distance. Slowly, Laos's educational system has improved and a larger stress has been put on education. It is our hope that the Denik School in Laos will help improve this problem, and impact generations to come!
2. There are 2x more students assigned to one teacher in Laos than in the US– Because the educational system in Laos is still developing and growing, the amount of children in each classroom is much greater. With the building of new schools in Laos, it is our hope that class sizes will decrease and each kid will receive a more personable education adapted to their individual learning needs.
3. 46% of 12-18 year olds were enrolled in secondary school in Laos in 2012. Let's make that number higher with more and more schools in Laos!
4. The average years of schooling in Laos is 4.6 years– That is 8.3 years less than the average years of education in the US. (US average: 12.9)
IT IS OUR HOPE AND DREAM THAT ONE DAY EVERY KID WILL HAVE ACCESS TO SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION!
Click here to learn more about our partner Pencils of Promise and how they are making a difference.
Citation: United Nations Development Programme: Human Development Reports, Pencils of Promise