The United States government formally presented a new school in Pakxan District, Bolikhamxay Province to the Lao government, in a handover ceremony on February 19.
United States Ambassador to the Lao PDR Daniel Clune and the Vice-Governor of Bolikhamxay Province Dr. Souvanny Xaysana participated in the ceremony.
The $456,635 U.S.-funded project includes a new building with five classrooms and one teachers’ room at Nakhaolom Lower Secondary School in Pakxan District. It also includes furniture, a new toilet, and installation of electrical and plumbing systems to help accommodate the growing student population.
In his remarks Ambassador Clune stated, “I hope that this new school will help to improve the education for the children of Pakxan District and I hope the ongoing humanitarian cooperation will continue to deepen the relationship between the United States and the Lao PDR.”
Ambassador Clune presented this school to the people of Bolikhamxay Province on behalf of the American people as a sign of the growing partnership between the two nations.
The United States government has provided humanitarian assistance projects in rural areas of Laos for over eighteen years, including schools, medical clinics, irrigation systems and clean water supply systems.
Just prior to his visit to Bolikhamxay, Ambassador Clune traveled to Khammouane Province where he handed over a new $639,070 U.S.-funded secondary school in Mahaxay District. These schools are just two of several humanitarian assistance projects completed over the last year.
The United States is proud to work with its partner Laos to give Lao youth the education they need to build a better future.