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17mln USD to be spent on education for minority groups

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

17mln USD to be spent on education for minority groups

QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has approved a 341 billion VND (17 million USD) project to improve educational facilities and training standards for students from nine minority groups with low populations from 2010-15.

The investment would help students to work their way out of poverty while preserving their own traditional identity, said Mong Ky Slay, head of the Ethnic Minority Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Training.

A ministry report showed that the nine groups live in poor disadvantaged areas, where literacy levels are between just 30-40 percent and only 15 percent of the people can speak the national language. Most children from the groups drop out of school after second or third grade and few make it to high school or higher education.

The project will focus on upgrading infrastructure and equipping schools with more teaching materials.

It will also pay for training to give teachers a better understanding of the minority groups they teach.

Each poor pre-school student will be entitled to 30 percent of the government minimum salary per month, which currently stands at 730,000 VND (37.5 USD).

Pupils enrolled in primary schools will receive assistance of 40-60 percent, students in secondary boarding schools will receive 60 percent while students at boarding high schools will receive 100 percent of the minimum salary.

All the students will be encouraged to follow further education and high school graduates wishing to attend colleges, universities or vocational schools will be given priority depending on their abilities and desires.

Van Trong Luu, deputy head of Kon Tum province’s Minority Group Education Management Division said that students from the Brau and Bo Mam ethnic groups have been given care and support under Government and provincial policies including scholarships and meals.

However, those students are included in a socio-economic development programme for remote disadvantaged areas whereas this project is the first of its kind aimed at minority groups with low populations.

The project will support the O Du, Pu Peo, Si La, Ro Nam, Cong, B’rau, Bo Y, Mang and Co Lao groups from the provinces of Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, central Nghe An and the Central Highland province of Kon Tum; each has a population of 300-2,000 people.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Over US$ 1.2 million spent for Thang Long Citadel conservation

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Over US$ 1.2 million spent for Thang Long Citadel conservation

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Committee has approved a project, sponsored by UNESCO, to preserve the Thang Long Citadel, located at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and at 12 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street.

The project is estimated to cost US$ 1.2 million, including a US$ 1.1 million grant by UNESCO.

Studies on archeology and architecture values in the areas will be carried out from January 2010 to January 2013. Then, researchers will recommend measures to protect excavated sites.

The project is also designed to provide Vietnamese professionals and managers with techniques in urban archeology, historic preservation, and heritage development.

Documents on the Thang Long Citadel were submitted to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage site.

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Hoang Anh 

Source: QDND