“And for us, education of the heart,
should be the heart of education.” Sombath Somphone, Founder of PADETC

About Us

PADETC (Participatory Development Training Center) is a training center promoting participatory processes for sustainable development. PADETC is located in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

PADETC is a not-for-profit Lao organization, registered under the Department of Private Education in the Ministry of Education, Lao PDR.

PADETC’s interlinked work programs and activities are based on the principles of Education for Sustainable Development, which centers on the balance between social development, economic development and environmental harmony.

PADETC has gained recognition for its work and has received several Lao, regional and prestigious international awards.

PADETC was founded in 1996 by Sombath Somphone. Read more about Our Founder.

PADETC is guided by a Board of Directors, led by a Management Team and supported by a dedicated team of over 50 Staff, all of whom are Lao nationals. In addition, PADETC is supported by over 2000 young volunteers all over the country.

PADETC gratefully acknowledges the support of its Donors.



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