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Strong Start and Smooth Transition in Lao Cai, Vietnam

We make quality education accessible and sustainable for the most disadvantaged children, and aim to develop a model for bilingual education to replicate in Vietnamese schools.

  • Where
    Lao Cai, Vietnam
  • Focus area
  • Duration
    2018 - 2021
  • Economy
    Hempel Foundation: DKK 4 million
Prime partner: UNICEF

Vietnam has made constant progress in education but for children and adolescents from ethnic minorities, the disparities are multi-fold. In addition to their poverty-stricken background, many do not transition from pre-primary to primary and to secondary education level, which consequently, contribute to poor learning achievements and early drop out.

The two provinces are the 7th and 3rd poorest provinces respectively. Ethnic minority children in Lao Cai and Dien Bien do not experience the same level of and outcome of education as other children in Viet Nam do. Lao Cai has an enrolment rate of 11.5% for kindergarten (3-4 years) showing deficiency in school readiness for 88.5% of the children. In 2016-2017, the attendance rate of children under 3 in Dien Bien remains low (17.9%).

This project aims to develop an effective model for quality bilingual education to replicate in Vietnamese schools

The project will also improve the learning environment and support the development of a more relevant curriculum for the lower secondary education in Lao Cai in order to encourage the transition of primary students to lower secondary, reduce the drop outs and ensure retention in secondary school. The project will also increase community action and demand for improved education in order to sustain the achieved results.