English Language Training Launches in Laos



Parents in Laos will soon be able to enrol their children into the globally popular Pingu’s English language training system from the UK, thanks to a new international education partnership announced today.

Ms Ketsavanh Panyathip, a business woman and leading entrepreneur in the Laos market with experience in managing international early years programs, has today been announced as the new Pingu’s English Master Licensee for Laos.

This exclusive international partnership will see the first branded Pingu’s English school open in Vientiane this summer, offering the globally popular Pingu’s English pre-school English language training program to Vientiane parents, before developing a nationwide presence across the country.

Pingu’s English is the Linguaphone Group’s early years brand for children of 3 – 8+ years, based on the world-famous and much-loved character, Pingu. Their popular pre-school English language training and kindergarten programs are already transforming the learning outcomes of children in over twenty countries worldwide.

This partnership was made possible thanks to an introduction by Mr Hugh Evans, HM British Ambassador to Laos who took time to congratulate Ms Ketsavanh and her partner, Mr Hatsavanh Haemany on their appointment at their Vientiane campus today.

Mr Hugh Evans, HM British Ambassador to Laos said:

“I am thrilled that the Linguaphone Group will be establishing their Pingu’s English language program in Laos later this year, in partnership with Panyathip Group. Pingu’s English already has an internationally renowned reputation and the Panyathip Group has been promoting British education in Laos for several years.

 “Promoting the UK as a key educational partner for the Lao PDR has been a key priority for my embassy since it was re-established in 2012. The arrival of the Pingu’s English program in Laos is a further significant step forward in fulfilling this ambition”.

Ms Ketsavanh Panyathip, Director of Pingu’s English School Laos said:

“On behalf of my partners and I, we are excited and humbled to not only be launching the first Pingu’s English in Laos, but to also be their exclusive Master Licensee for the whole of the country. And though we are eagerly looking forward to Pingu’s English flourishing in our market, we would not be here if it were not for his excellency Ambassador Hugh Evans, and Ms Bay Panyathip, founder and board member of Panyathip – The British International School in Laos, for connecting us to the Linguaphone Group. We would also like to thank to the team at Linguaphone Group for approaching us with such a great opportunity and venture.

 “As future leaders, we aim to bring up Lao children with kind hearts, big dreams and creative wisdom. We believe there is nothing that compares to Pingu’s English in Laos, which will provide effective English language training for young children in a safe, engaging and entertaining environment, as well as conforming to all the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Sports in Lao PDR.

“Pingu’s English is absolutely the right fit for us and our ambitions for the market. In the years ahead, we also plan to offer Pingu’s English’s respected full-time international kindergarten curriculum to the market, as well as open more Pingu’s English Schools across Laos”.


Commenting on the partnership, Mr Derek Price, Chief Executive Officer with the Linguaphone Group said:

“As a strong, emerging market in South-East Asia, appointing a strong, established Pingu’s English partner for Laos was very important to the Linguaphone Group’s ongoing expansion plans across the ASEAN region. Our new partner for Laos will join a growing presence in ASEAN delivering our popular pre-school kindergarten and English language training program in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

 “We are delighted to welcome Panyathip Group to the global Pingu’s English Master Licensee team. We are excited by their plans to make Pingu’s English a nationwide name in Laos, and look forward to supporting them unequivocally in the months and years ahead”

“I would also like to acknowledge the fantastic support provided by the British Embassy in Laos, especially Mr Hugh Evans, HM British Ambassador to Laos, both in making this new British-Laos education partnership possible and for their ongoing support”.

For more information please email opportunities@linguaphonegroup.com or visit www.pingusenglish.com

Photo Credits: Media Full Service Agency, K&C Group


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