HCMC makes efforts to teach kids to swim

As per the plan of drowning prevention for kids of People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City, the city strives to have 40 percent of primary and secondary students who are taught survival swimming skills.
 

Students are learning swimming lesson in Nguyen Binh Khiem Sport Club in District 1 (Photo: SGGP)

Students are learning swimming lesson in Nguyen Binh Khiem Sport Club in District 1 (Photo: SGGP)

Moreover, the plan targets that each district and ward must have at least one swimming pool a year. Local administrations in the city began to take more heed of teaching swimming.
Parents in Primary School Nguyen Dinh Chieu in Binh Thanh District are eager to know the school started to build a swimming pool. The school is the second in the district to have swimming pool in the district. A parent said she had to take her kid to Nguyen Binh Khiem Swimming Pool in district 1 which is far away the house.
Similarly, from the academic year 2016-2017, three pools in district 8 are operational to meet students’ demand. As scheduled, in the school year 2017-2018, additional five pools will be built in primary schools to serve learning demand.
A representative from the Department of Education and Training in Nha Be District said in next year, district authority will spend on two pools in primary schools Trang Tan Khuong and Junior School Le Van Huu. In following years, the education authority will build more pools in big schools.
As per the Department of Education and Training, of 572,714 primary students in the city, 156, 036 third, fourth, and fifth graders did learn swimming skill accounting for 45.38 percent. Some districts have 70 percent of swimming students including districts 1, 4, 5, 7, and Go Vap.
Efforts to teach swimming to primary students are facing difficulties in districts with high rate of immigrants like districts 12, Tan Phu, Binh Tan, and Thu Duc. To resolve the matter, the Department of Education and Training in Binh Tan District signed agreement with Sport Center and private pools to organize swimming class.
In first two or three years, third and sixth graders will be taught swimming skill and it will be carried out as per a detailed road map.
In Go Vap District, schools signed contracts with cultural houses, children houses and private swimming pools to send students for classes. All third graders in district are taught swimming in Sport Center Nguyen Binh Khiem gratis.
Students from low-income families even receive free swimming suits, glasses and equipment. After seven years, 90 percent of students can survive in water with 30,000 kids are taught swimming.
As of March, 2017, 81 pools were built in preschools, primary, junior and senior high schools according to the Department of Education and Training.

By MINH QUAN - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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