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Gov’t ups education budget, support for ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

Gov’t ups education budget, support for ethnic minorities

QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The education budget will be 2.9 percent higher this year at 5 trillion VND (256 million USD), according to the Ministry of Education and Training.

Nguyen Van Ngu, head of the Ministry’s Finance and Planning Department, said it would fund 100 percent of normal expenses by high schools and pre-university training schools for ethnic minorities, which are free.

This includes 2.8 billion VND (143,600 USD) for scholarships and allowances for the students, according to Ngu.

While public universities and colleges offering economics and finance streams will be provided funds for all their normal as well as one-off expenses, those offering other streams will be subsidised in part.

The amount earmarked for regular expenses is around 4.2 trillion VND, an increase of 11.9 percent over 2010.

The amount to be spent on training a student will increase by at least 17 percent at the university and college levels and 52 percent at the doctoral level.

More than 99 billion VND will be earmarked for the Ministry’s advanced programmes.

The HCM City and Hanoi Open Universities , National Economics University , Hanoi University , Foreign Trade University , and the HCM City University of Economics will get a total of 38 billion VND (1.9 million USD) for buying equipment and building facilities.

Viet-Duc University and the University of Sciences and Technology in Hanoi will get 28 billion VND.

“Universities and colleges are in better financial shape now after tuition and enrollment fees were raised in 2010,” Ngu added.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Spotlight falls on ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Spotlight falls on ethnic minorities

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Concrete and appropriate policies are needed to ensure ethnic minorities participate fully in the nation’s economy, said Be Truong Thanh, vice standing chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs at the third two-day session of the UN forum in Geneva , which ended on Dec. 15.

He said ethnic groups should be classified according to their geographical location – such as mountainous or delta – and their socio-economic development level, in order to implement appropriate policies.

He said the Government had been carrying out a number of programmes designed to meet the needs of specific ethnic groups.

These programmes include the implementation of hunger elimination and poverty reduction in the extremely difficult areas in a bid to reduce the poverty level of households. He said Vietnam was implementing a rapid and sustainable poverty-reduction programme in more than 60 extremely difficult and poor districts in ethnic minority areas where the poor account for more than 50 percent of all households.

He also said the Government had begun upgrading and building new infrastructure in extremely difficult areas that included building new roads and improving irrigation channels.

Thanh said projects had been implemented to preserve the indigenous people’s culture.

Five ethnic groups with a population of less than 1,000 have been targeted. They include the Si La, Pu Peo, O Du, Ro Mam and Brau minorities. Further projects will be carried out targeting ethnic groups with a population of less than 10,000.

The Government is also planning to boost trade and tourism in mountainous and remote areas to boost local incomes.

Thanh said it was important to raise awareness among minority groups of the law so that their rights are protected.

He said the participation of local communities in implementing the Government’s programmes was essential. He said the State could provide the “fishing rod, but not the fish.”

He said that if the Government’s programmes were implemented successfully, minority groups would see a marked improvement in their standard of living.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Bilingual education to benefit ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Bilingual education to benefit ethnic minorities

QĐND – Thursday, July 22, 2010, 21:16 (GMT+7)

Bilingual education will help improve living conditions for Vietnamese ethnic minority communities, said Gay McDougall, an expert on minority issues for the United Nations, on July 21.

After spending a 10-day fact finding tour in Vietnam, McDougall said that equal access to education is one of the best ways of reducing poverty, as well as preserving and promoting the cultures, languages and identities of ethnic minorities.

With all 54 different ethnic groups having different languages, religions and cultural traits, Vietnam should give top priority to bilingual education, she said, adding that it helps children to gain better results at school, which is a firm foundation for their studies in the future.

She will submit a full report to Human Rights Council in March, 2011.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ethnic minorities go green

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Ethnic minorities go green

QĐND – Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have agreed to work together to fight against climate change.

More than 5,500 people, who were primarily from the Co Ho ethnic group, along with 24 interlocutors from the United Nation Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) are currently working together on a sustainable development plan, after 78 village meetings.

The REDD programme aims to establish projects that provide a financial incentive to locals who preserve the forest for carbon credits. The programme was established during the 11th Convention of the Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was held in Montreal , Canada , in 2005. Viet Nam has been the first UN-REDD pilot country.

The local residents of Di Linh district’s Bao Thuan commune are hosting one of UN-REDD’s two pilot projects in the country. Participating locals have already received educational material about climate change, REDD and UN-REDD activities that will be implemented in the area.

“It is not easy to make people here understand the UN-REDD programme and the benefits that they will reap from the project,” said K’ Bril, deputy chief of Bao Thuan commune.

“We are people of the forest, we have loved the forest for our entire lives, but now we really understand the importance of the ecosystem,” said K’ Breoh, a local resident.

“The forest is like our lungs that provides us with cool air and a fresh environment,” said K’ Breoh. “Without it, we will suffer from hot weather and flooding.”

K’ Breoh suggested that the programme managers and government leaders pay more attention to the locals’ concerns.

Living in the Central Highlands, most of ethnic communities grow coffee and corn, which often leads to illegal deforestation.

Local communities have been instructed to begin reforesting the area, which might have an adverse effect on their income.

“We have agreed to take part in the programme, but we also hope that our leaders will bring more jobs here,” said K’ Breoh. “A regular and stable income will allow us to reforest the area with a peaceful mind because we won’t have to worry about feeding our family.”

“The results that we have pocketed are not considerable because it is the very first step of the programme so we still need help from the local government leaders,” said Pham Minh Thoa, UN-REDD national programme director.

If the pilot programme in Lam Dong province is effective then UN-REDD plans to continue working in the area.

“People understand the importance of the forest because it provides sustenance to the communities that live there,” said Hua Duc Nhi, deputy minister of the Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

“UN-REDD is a new programme in Viet Nam and I hope it will support people to improve their living standards.”

Viet Nam has recently received 4.5 million USD from the Norwegian government for the programme which are being implemented by MARD in collaboration with three UN agencies, UNDP, FAO and UNEP.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

VND1,500 billion invested in ethnic minorities development

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

VND1,500 billion invested in ethnic minorities development

QĐND – Saturday, June 12, 2010, 23:43 (GMT+7)

The Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs has recently asked the Ethnic Minorities and Development Newspaper to organize the award “For the development of Vietnam’s Ethnic Minority Groups”.

Winners of the award will be individuals, businesses, and social and non-governmental organizations that have supported 62 impoverished districts nationwide, according to the Government’s Resolution No30a.

According to the Vice Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Hoang Xuan Luong, individuals, enterprises, or social and non-governmental organizations have, so far, applied for charity activities and projects, worth VND1,5 trillion, for Vietnamese ethnic minority groups.

The award ceremony, to be held in the evening of June 18th in Hanoi, will be broadcasted live on VTV1 channel.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

SGGP helps to build clinic for ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:07 am

Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s program, “Nghia tinh Truong Son” (Sentimental attachment for Truong Son Road) will finance VND1billion (US$53,000) to build a health clinic for ethnic minorities of the central province of Nghe An.

A SGGP representative (L) meets with border soldiers on the way to Bung mountain village, in Con Cuong District, Nghe An Province (Photo: SGGP)

The money, donated by the Vietnam National Textile & Garment Group (Vinatex) through the program, will be used to build the clinic in the mountainous village of Bung.

With building the clinic, SGGP hopes to contribute to the improvement of living conditions for those ethnic minorities of the Truong Son range.

The village, located in the center of Pu Mat National Park in the Mon Son Commune, Con Cuong District, houses 81 families who are Dan Lai ethnic minorities, who live self-sufficiently in the heart of the jungle.

To travel from the Mon Son Commune center to Bung Village, it takes two days to travel by road, or four hours along the Giang River.

Witnessing the difficult, nearly isolated life of residents there, SGGP representatives discussed and agreed with leading military personnel of the Nghe An Province, to undertake essential projects to serve the Dan Lai people, including the health clinic.

The border soldiers said that construction of the health clinic would begin in June and is expected to finish by the end of the year.

Source: SGGP

Exhibition on Vietnamese ethnic minorities opens in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

An exhibition on Vietnamese ethnic minorities, honoring their outstanding contribution in national defense and construction, is being held in Hanoi.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition is held on May 9.

Opening on May 9, the display jointly held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, will commemorate the 120th birthday of the late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).  The first national ethnic minority congress will run until 14 May.

The show helps visitors understand more thoroughly, the state and government policies in the fields of culture and economics, administered upon ethnic minority groups during the 2005-2009 period.

The display also gives a chance for viewers to learn about the cultural characteristics of Vietnamese ethnic groups nationwide.

Artistic performances, fashion shows and the screening of documentary films about ethnic people will take place during the four-day event.

Source: SGGP

Ethnic minorities keep pace with the country

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Ethnic minorities keep pace with the country

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

An exhibition on ethnic communities in Vietnam opened in Hanoi on May 9 as part of activities to welcome the first National Congress of Representatives of Minority Nationalities in Vietnam.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Council for Ethnic Minorities, K’sor Phuoc, and the Head of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Minorities, Giang Seo Phu.

The exhibition aims to honour and praise the merits and contributions of ethnic groups in national construction and defence as well as reflect their cultural, economic and social development during the process of renovation and integration.

The exhibition is organized to cover two topics: (1) attention and assistance the Party and State have given to ethnic minorities and their cultures, and (2) books, newspapers, magazines and other cultural products that serve ethnic minorities, and a display of their socio-economic achievements from 2005 to 2009.

Nguyen Dang Duy, a visitor to the exhibition, said the event will help people in lowland areas to understand more about the lives and cultures of mountainous people as well as the close connection between all Vietnamese ethnic groups.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Ethnic minorities in Northwest struggle for potable water

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:33 am

Residents of northwestern mountainous provinces, especially Lao Cai Province that is home to many ethnic minority communities, are struggling to get water for daily use and irrigation purposes.

After washing vegetables, an ethnic minority woman pours the water into a bucket to take it back home for washing clothes (Photo: SGGP)

The region has been suffering a severe drought for several months now.

The worst hit areas in Lao Cai Province include Ta Gia Khau Commune in Muong Khuong District, Thao Chu Phin and Sin Cheng in Si Ma Cai District, Lau Thi Ngai in Bac Ha District and Minh Luong in Van Ban District.

Along the way to the Ta Gia Khau mountain village, dozens of residents can be seen carrying cans and buckets to collect water from tanks built under the ground to catch water flowing from mountain gorges.

At a tank close to road, Sung A Tranh and his wife were using ladles to collect water. A Tranh even jumped into the tank, but all he could see was soil and dregs.

His wife, Sung Thi Lenh, said that that they were still fortunate to be able to get a little of water while many others were having to travel four to six kilometers or even to other communes to fetch some.

There are many water tanks in the village, but they mostly contain garbage. Local residents have also put many jars out to catch rain water, but there has been no rain for many months now.

Another resident, Vang A Thao, showed a ten liter can of water, saying his wife had to wait a whole afternoon to collect it from a mountain gorge far away.

At several points, between 40 to 50 people can been seen waiting in a long line with cans and buckets to collect water from very thin flows, with each can or bucket taking an hour to fill.

Luu Minh Hai, deputy director of the Lao Cai Province Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center, said that the drought would continue until the end of March, 2010.

Outcome of deforestation

According to many experts, the main reason for the interminable water shortage in Lao Cai as well as in the northwestern region has been deforestation.

For many years now, residents have tried their best to plant trees, but have made slow progress, and the local forest coverage has dwindled alarmingly.

Lao Cai Province has built about 47,000 tanks and reservoirs to store up and provide water (not including irrigation works). In theory, these can ensure water supply for 70 percent of households in the province. However, thousands of these places have been left fallow because in projects near forests in the riverhead, there is no water to be found.

Dry weather conditions in the northwestern region usually last from November to April, and sometimes till July, the middle of the rainy season.

Over the last few years, the Lao Cai Province People’s Committee has evacuated hundreds of H’mong ethnic minority households from two communes of Ta Gia Khau and Din Chin of Muong Khuong District to lower-lying communes like A Mu Sung and Trinh Tuong in Bat Xat District, Ban Phiet in Bao Thang District and Son Thuy in Van Ban District, so they can settle down in areas near water sources.

However, the drought has spread to low-lying areas of the province as well.

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Land reclamation improves life for Kon Tum ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 at 3:51 pm

An ethnic tribal girl take care of pepper plants in Yaxia Commune in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. Land reclamation has helped thousands of minority groups improve their living conditions. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Na

KON TUM — A government land reclamation policy begun in 2004 has helped thousands of ethnic minorities improve their living conditions in Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands.

More than half of Kon Tum’s population of 38,000 are ethnic minorities and many of them are poor and landless.

Decision 134 issued by the Government in 2004 aimed to help the poor acquire land to improve their standard of living.

Poor households living by farming or forestry were entitled to receive either 0.5 hectares of farmland that had been cut down and burned by itinerant farmers, 0.25 hectares of mono-crop land or 0.15 hectares of multiple-crop land.

Local residents were encouraged to reclaim the land themselves and then authorised agencies would grant them government relief money and land-use rights certificates.

Since 2004, the province has reclaimed more than 408 ha of land and given it more than 1,500 families. Nearly 1,200 households have received land to build houses.

The province has also built 76 water supply systems to provide clean water for 4,467 households.

Following three years of land reclamation, Kon Plong District, which originally had 1,172 households without land, some 248 ha of land has been handed over for farming use. Financial support worth a total of VND1.45 billion was given to families.

For localities without an abundance of virgin land, provinces encouraged some households to donate land to others who needed it. More farmers in Dac Ha District were able to do this than in any other area.

Provincial authorities also examined inefficiently operated state-owned farms and asked them to hand over barren land to localities to provide to landless farmers.

Despite successful efforts in land reclamation, Kon Tum Province still needs more than 800 ha of land for more than 1,600 households.

The province has directed localities to help these landless farmers shift to work in breeding and handicraft production so they can earn a decent living.—