Chau pulled her younger brother out of their father's ragged cyclo and rushed over the classroom door. "It's late, too late!" the 7-year-old grumbled when she found a classroom full of her fellow lottery ticket vendors and scrap collectors. The class at 46/22 Nguyen Ngoc Nhut Street opens twice a week at 5 p.m. in Tan Phu District -- allowing the poor students to finish work on the streets. Nu Cuoi (Smile) shares the same name as the charity restaurant chain that serves meals for VND2,000 a head and is funded and operated by the same group of people. The class not only teaches the children a curriculum derived from official textbooks, but also offers them martial arts lessons and a free dinner. Coach Nguyen Tan Thanh of the Tan Phu District Karate Team serves lunch to his students before teaching at another dojo in the afternoon and rushing back to teach his charity class at night. "These children endure so many problems in the street. I just want to teach them to be strong and defend … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City charity opens night classes for working kids
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Continuing education programme provides free classes to migrants (06-12-2005) To deal with an increasing number of migrants, the HCM City People's Committee has launched a new educational service. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai HCM CITY — Going to a traditional school is out of reach for many children in Go Vap District's Ward 3, due to scheduling, a complicated registration process and the cost of tuition and uniforms. Deputy chairman of the Ward 3 People's Committee Huynh Thi Thu Tam said that 42 per cent of the ward's population of 40,000 hailed from other provinces. Migrant families often drift to the city to search for better ways to support themselves, but their incomes are meagre. During the day, many of their children take to the streets to sell lottery tickets or chewing gum in order to cover daily expenses. Tam cited a survey that exposed the limited educational background and professional qualifications of her ward's wage earners. Poverty and children … [Read more...] about Continuing education programme provides free classes to migrants
Amid an urban residential area in Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh City, illiterate street children frequently earn their living by selling lottery tickets or picking scrap iron thrown away in dumps. The class is voluntarily taught by students studying at the Ho Chi Minh City National University, located in the residential area and under the patronage of the Communist Youth Union of Linh Trung Ward. The literacy classes are held in an abandoned office of the management board of Quarter 5 in Linh Trung. The 'uniform' of the class pupils is not in the way they dress, but in their sun-burnt smell after a day of being exposed to sunlight before gathering at the class on street No.18. Over two years, a dozen teachers have worked with the class, but Mr. Thach is the only one who has worked from the beginning, and he is well known among locals for his devotion of time. After graduating with an IT degree and applying for a job, Thach was worried he could not follow the class if he was … [Read more...] about Voluntary classes for lottery vendors, scrap pickers
Skeptics say the prohibition could go the way of other unenforced and unfeasible laws issued earlier Drinkers attend the "Hanoi Beer Festival" held in downtown Hanoi in 2011. Since last year, many provinces across Vietnam have enforced regulations that ban civil servants from drinking during lunch or working days but the jury is still out with skeptics saying they have to wait and see how long the ban will last and how much it will deliver. The chief of the commune's Party Unit was sleeping on the desk. The commune mayor was also asleep, sitting in the chair. The room reeked of alcohol. They were woken up by an old woman who needed a document stamped. They shouted at her and she got out of the room to wait. Nguyen Thanh Binh, chief of the Ha Tinh Province's Party Unit, happened to see the woman outside the office and hear what happened to her. He entered the office and saw that the two commune leaders were indeed drunk during working hours. The incident happened one … [Read more...] about Vietnam set to widen ban on drinking at work, but will it work?
BTO - Before boarding the ship to Truong Sa islands, we had been told about a special class in Truong Sa island. I thought that in the middle of ocean with wind and waves, that class could be unlike other classes in mainland. However, everything has been different from what I thought. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Thien - vice chairman of Truong Sa town People's Committee said, the class on Truong Sa island is a special one. Pupils including kindergarteners and students from the 1st grade to the fourth grade are taught by only one teacher in the same class-room. All of about 20 pupils in the class have been plump, lovely and full of vitality. The island authority has give the best conditions to this class including investment capital, time and facilities. The spacious class has the area of 70 square meters. … [Read more...] about A special class in a remote island