I started ENGLISH FOR EVERYONE (E4E) as the MANO ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE (MANO) in October 2004 when I found out that I could teach English language in a way that Lao students can relate to really well - and I could help them to improve their English language skills a lot. I also wanted to ensure that as many students as possible could afford to study at E4E. Therefore E4E charges only 150,000 Kip (approximately $US 18) for 20 classes per month or 390,000 Kip ($US 46,80) for a term of three months.
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 be 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.
With the burgeoning tourist industry in Laos there is a growing need for people who speak good English and communicate well in this language. Though the Lao education system is improving with its Lao and English studies, it is not fast enough to meet the demand. There is also a growing demand for English language skills by the Non Government Aid organizations.
Hence my thinking about setting up a private English language school accessible and available for everyone - ENGLISH FOR EVERYONE. It has been working very successfully during the last 15 years. It has enabled so many people to develop and move out to interact with tourists, aid workers and the modern global infrastructure that Laos has to deal with now.
Many things have changed since the modest beginnings in 2004: the one-man operation MANO became the MEKONG ENGLISH CENTRE (MEC) with approximately 400 to 500 students in 5 classrooms daily until March 2016, when we moved to a bigger building where, from day one, we accommodated almost twice that number. As per November 2017 we underwent further changes; we moved location again and decided to continue under the name E4E, or 'English for Everyone', very much sticking to the approach we have been applying since the early days. Operating from 07:30 in the morning until 20:30 in the evening the E4E family comprises a Lao director: Mr Max; two foreign staff: Mr Claus and Mr Marcel; and today, ten Lao teachers: Ms Neng, Ms Somphone, Ms Phommaly, Mr Khamxay, Mr Say, Mr Poryea, Mr Joy, Mr Somneuk, Mr Bounkham and Mr Phid; two receptionists, Ms Bouanaem and Mr Somdy; a cleaning lady, Ms Mai Moua and 2 park attendants, Mr Keo and Mr Chimeng. From a modest building with two classrooms in Ban Mano to a site in Ban Phongkham, with 5 classrooms, followed by an even bigger building with 8 classrooms, we now occupy a building that allows for 12 classrooms, 2 offices, a reception area, a 'student room' and a spare room. With a popular concept and a continuing increase in students wanting to study English at E4E, even at this point we are expecting to expand, to provide more educational possibilities to young and eager Lao students.
Claus Haumer - Founder of the centre.
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