Education & Community Engagement

Promoting awareness and understanding of Laos’ ethnic diversity and cultural heritage within local communities is a priority for TAEC. The Centre offers free entry for Lao citizens, and runs a range of Lao-language tours and activities for students and other local visitors throughout the year. Previously we have welcomed students of Big Brother Mouse, the Children’s Cultural Centre, the Teacher Training College and local schools. In 2010, TAEC staged a community festival to promote understanding of and respect for ethnic cultures in Luang Prabang.

TAEC runs a primary schools outreach program, in which our staff visit local classrooms to show objects from our collection and discuss issues around cultural diversity and identity. The Centre also offers internships for young members of ethnic communities, to travel to Luang Prabang from their home village, and work with TAEC staff to learn professional skills and enjoy new life experiences.

Committed to building capacity across all parts of the community, TAEC also provides professional development opportunities for workers in the culture and tourism sectors. Each year, the Luang Prabang Provincial Tourism Department invites TAEC to run a workshop for trainee tour guides, focusing on sensitive and mutually beneficial interaction with ethnic minority communities. TAEC also provides specialised museum and heritage management training, and has to date worked with the staff of the Phongsaly Provincial Museum, the Sekong Provincial Museum and the Champassak Provincial Tourism Department (all government organisations) to support them in creating exhibitions, managing their collections and working with local communities. If you would like to support this work, please visit our Get Involved page to learn more.

TAEC is also home to a small library of books, articles, CDs and other materials on the subjects of ethnology, Lao history, cultural heritage and Southeast Asian arts, and acts as a repository for ethnology research in Laos. Resources are in English, Lao, Thai and French. When funding permits, TAEC plans to develop a public resource room, with searchable databases and lending capabilities. The library is available to all visitors for use, please speak to our staff if you are interested to find out more.