Japan fund for schools in northern, central villages

The Japanese Government has provided US$610,518 for two grassroots rural development and school projects in Vietnam, as part of the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects.

At the ceremony, Hideo Suzuki, Charge d'affaires at the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam and Mina Funakoshi, Project Manager of Plan Japan, signed the contract for “the project of quality primary education for ethnic minority areas in northern and midland regions,”

The education environment of ethnic minority children in the northern province of Ha Giang, the central provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Ngai is very inadequate. The knowledge level of many children in these provinces remains low even after they have completed primary education. In fact, most of them do not take higher education and follow low-productivity agricultural activities.

This fact is caused because of lack of classrooms and teaching materials, backwardness in Vietnamese language education, use of national standardized curriculum, and the method of conducting lessons.

To improve these circumstances, Plan Japan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam and local education departments, will make efforts to improve the education environment and training for teachers in five districts and 15 communes of Ha Giang Province, Quang Binh Province and Quang Ngai Province, where percentage of ethnic minority groups is the highest.

This project has been approved as a high priority International cooperation project from the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, which also contributes towards poverty reduction in Asia.

By Uyen Phuong

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