2020 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Education Development Specialist, Laos



Soukdalone Phommathep is a primary school teacher and teacher development specialist working on education reform in Laos. She facilitates implementation of the revised national primary curriculum, including training more than 16,000 teachers and key staff in 2019. Driven by her passion for education quality, she also contributes to several other key areas, including professional development for curriculum writers and lecturers establishing a Reggio Emilia-inspired school where children’s voices will guide educational priorities. Soukdalone is also committed to protecting the environment and has led the establishment of the “Plastic Challenge,” focusing on simple changes in the workplace. A strong champion of women’s rights, she was selected for the Australian Lao Women in Leadership Program in 2019. Soukdalone holds a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education and Arts from Monash University, Australia.