A US$1.9mil project on early childhood care and comprehensive development was launched at a conference in Hanoi on April 2.
The conference was organised by the Ministry of Education and Training and Save the Children Fund of the US, Britain and Japan.
The non-refundable aid funded project aims to improve conditions for children in rural and mountainous areas, focusing on communes that have access to kindergartens and crèches for less than 50% of under-six year olds, and in areas where there are high rates of first grade dropouts.
The project will be implemented from 2004 - 2006, benefiting 150 hamlets in 15 communes of the three provinces of Yen Bai, Quang Tri and Dien Bien. It will assist families and communities to establish kindergartens and train tutors to improve local childhood development.
The project aims for under-six year olds to fully develop their skills, giving children, their parents and local people knowledge for childcare and development, and will ensure 95% of target children attend primary school. It also plans to reduce the malnutrition rate by 6-8%; and raise local authorities and educational officials' awareness of the necessity for childhood learning.
Vietnam Net - (06/04/2004)