Children Succeed Through Education in Vietnam
Vietnam has made excellent progress in reducing poverty
levels across the country. The United Nations is on target to meet its
Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger in
Vietnam by 2015. Education in particular is a primary means of helping people
break the poverty cycle, and substantial gains have been made in this area as
Lasting Challenges in Poverty and Education
According to the U.N.,
net enrollment in primary schools across Vietnam hit 97 percent in 2009, and
almost 89 percent of children who enroll in primary school complete at least
five years of primary education. Vietnam has also made great progress with
regard to gender parity in the education system, as roughly half the students in
both primary and secondary schools are female. Although these gains are
encouraging and bode well for another U.N. goal to make primary education
accessible to all children by 2015, Vietnamese children still face considerable
For many, the main
obstacle to children receiving education is cost. Although attending school is free,
families need to provide uniforms, required reading materials and
For families living in
rural areas on low incomes, these education expenses can be a substantial burden.
According to The Asia Foundation, around 90 percent of Vietnam's poorest people
live in remote parts of the countryside, meaning that access to education is
difficult at best. Even children who can get to school are often forced to
abandon their studies because their parents need them to work and add to the
family income. Children’s lack of education is one of the worst effects of poverty.
Signs of the Times: Education in Vietnam Today
Another challenge many
children in Vietnam face is the varying quality of instruction throughout the
country's education systems. Urban areas fare better in attracting well-trained teachers,
while rural schools often struggle because the pay is lower. These children may
lag behind others in academic basics, never mind cutting-edge knowledge required
to succeed in the rapidly changing world.
The U.N. is working with
child development agencies and nongovernmental organizations, including
ChildFund, to improve the education system in Vietnam today. ChildFund has several
ways you can help this important effort.
For just $28 per month,
you can sponsor a child and help him or her gain access to better nutrition and
education, which are key to a happier life.
Alternately, donating to
Greatest Needs program is another way you can help children in poverty. ChildFund has been
working in Vietnam since 1995, and we have supported the training of teachers to
foster high-quality, child-focused learning environments that support children's
Access to quality education is crucial. By sponsoring a child
or making a donation, you can help ChildFund make a real difference in the lives
of children in Vietnam and around the world.