This is Nam and his family on a recent trip to Vietnam, his birth country. Nam and his family were visiting the kindergarten they helped to build and then they wanted to travel to the remote mountains of Central Vietnam where they understood the children there needed a school too. The mountain area is home to the C’Tu people an ethnic minority that have lived and worked in this remote region.
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Why the C’Tu?
In a recent meeting between COV and local government leaders, we have been informed that there are another 14 villages without and/or in very substandard facilities for their young children. These leaders continue to stress the dream for their children to break free from poverty. They see early childhood education, beginning with kindergarten, as the vehicle to success for both the elementary schoolchildren and their older siblings who are often forced to forego their own education in order to care for their younger sibling. Kindergarten and early elementary education participation is an essential stepping-stone to a successful academic life.
According to UNICEF, a pressing need in Vietnam is to have more children start their education at an early age, however, limited access to quality early childhood education in remote areas has led to “significant bottlenecks to education outcomes for ethnic minority children.” (UNICEF annual report, 2013) Being behind other children academically adds to the many factors that could lead to dropping out of school and leaving behind the opportunities a good education can provide. Ethnic minority children are particularly at risk and have much to gain from early education:
- Ethnic minority children make up more than 60% of all poor children.
- Facing language barriers and long, difficult treks to school, ethnic minority children are 20 – 25% less likely to complete the first five years of primary education than Kinh children.
- There are high drop-out rates among children from ethnic minorities in remote villages due to:
(1) high rates of poverty;
(2) poorly equipped schools in remote areas; and
(3) lack of information.
Why build a school?
According to the World Bank Report on Education 2014: Significant challenges in educational access and quality still remain. Barriers to education access are concentrated in specific regions in Vietnam, where schooling conditions are harder due to lack of adequate human resources, different languages, high poverty rates, lack of adequate financial resources and the existence of smaller remote communities that tend to make education services more costly to deliver. An estimated 20 percent of ethnic minority children have no access to primary education.
How Can I Help?
By joining Nam and his family you can help by clicking the link below and donating YOU can help give these children the education they deserve. Nam’s family has taken on the task of providing a pathway out of poverty through education.
Will you join them?