More than VND260 billion (US$ 12,238,144) has been used as scholarships for studious and poor children, said the organizers of the press conference in Hanoi on October 28.
|At the press conference (Photo: SGGP)|
The Ministry of Education and Training, Studying Encouraging Association of Vietnam and Vietnam's leading mobile network operator Viettel and the Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) held a press conference to announce the 10 year study encouragement program “For studious students”.
As per the organizer, in the first year of the program, Viettel pledged to give 26,000 scholarships to hard-working needy students worth VND26 billion nationwide.
According to the Ministry of Education and Training’s statistics, there have been around 200,000 dropouts in the country every year; most of them are living in the mountainous districts and disadvantaged students. They often dropped out so they could work to supplement the their meager income families.
The program was set up in 2004 with a message “Small wishes need good deed” and since then, over ten thousands of studious students have reached this program. Many individuals and organizations have contributed to the program, making the small wishes of poor students in the country become true.
As per the plan, the program will prioritize students from 2,331 disadvantaged communes in the program 135 and 311 coastal poor communes. Each student will be offered a scholarship worth VND1 million each.
Speaking at the conference, a leader from education ministry said that through program, many people have supported the study encouragement activities, helping many poor students have chance to continue studying in hard condition.
Le Dang Dung , deputy head of Viettel, one of sponsors confirmed every year the company will allocate VND26 billion for the program and we have been sponsor for this program since 2004 to date.