On August 03, 2015 alumni from the U.S. Government South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) launched their “Young Elephant” summer school program for elementary school students at Bo O high school in Hadxayfong district, Vientiane. Mr. Nikone Keophilalay, Director of Bo O High School and Ms. Lucija Straley, Deputy Public Affairs Officers at the US Embassy in Vientiane opened the US-supported program. During her remarks, Ms. Straley encouraged the students to embrace their education by studying hard, reading books, and getting involved in educational activities.
More than 100 elementary school students from 11 nearby villages are participating in the “Young Elephant” summer school program, which will run on daily basis for 3 weeks. The program teaches students about environmental protection, sanitation and hygiene. Besides classroom learning, the students will also participate in games and activities that will improve their teamwork skills. During the course, the students will receive school supplies, cleaning products, and athletic equipment to use during the coming school term.
SEAYLP is short-term exchange program in the United States supported by the U.S. Government. The program includes formal exchange activities such as workshops, interactive sessions, simulations, leadership training, and team‐building exercises which are designed for teachers, community leaders, and students in Southeast Asia. There are more than 20 SEAYLP alumni in Laos who have participated in the program since it started in 2010.