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More ethnic H'Mongs get Govt assistance for stable life and production

The Government will continue strengthening and improving the quality of sedentary settlement and farming for 300,000 H'Mong ethnic people, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

It was reported at a seminar in Hanoi on Thursday that in the past 10 years, more than 50 percent of H'Mong households have been assimilated into village communities and developed production. Over 90 percent of communes have roads for cars and almost all communes have primary schools. In addition, more than 70 percent of H'Mong communes have infirmaries.

To effectively carry out sedentary farming and settlement in the future, MARD proposed that the Government should issue incentive policies to encourage ethnic households to assimilate into village communities and develop sedentary farming, as well as engage in agro-forestry projects.

According to MARD, approximately 200,000 nomadic H'Mongs will be helped to assimilate into sedentary farming and 100,000 others will be assisted to change their slash-and-burn method to sedentary farming.

Vietnam currently has 780,000 H'Mong people, mainly living in the northern mountainous provinces Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Son La provinces. Many of them live in remote and isolated areas and practice the slash-and-burn method of farming.

20 Non-State universities and colleges form association

An association of 20 non-State universities and colleges was established at a meeting in Hanoi on Thursday, with former Education Minister Tran Hong Quan elected as its President.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem said the system of non-State universities and colleges has helped meet demands for education by the public, and reflected the Party's policy of encouraging the State and people to work together in education development. He also stressed the need to improve the quality of tertiary education, especially in non-State schools.

According to Mr Khiem, the Government plans to further expand the non-State system of universities with the aim of raising the number of students trained in these schools to between 40-50 percent of the national total.

Vietnam now has 22 non-State universities and five non-State colleges. During the past two decades, these schools have helped train 12 percent of the total number of students nationwide.

VNCG-VDC1 - (10/09/2004)

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